Downtown Eastside, Vancouver

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    Vancouver-DTES- or Downtown East side

    by kallith Written Dec 1, 2009

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    Just a helpful tip. Go to googleMaps. Type in Main and Hasting Vancouver. Take a look at the street shots or web cams, this allows you to take a look at the people and type of behavior that seems to take place there. A visual idea of what to expect.

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  • DTES Hastings st East

    by pattyboii Written Sep 2, 2011

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    hey, i am a 18 year old that grew up in the DTES area, im from East hastings, my appartment building was the dirtiest and worst building on the street, it is not as dangerous as people may say, the people down there are not out to get you, if you notice, they are treated worse than they treat you, they are human beings aswell, but they just have money issues or crazy addictions, when i lived there it was a very scary place for a kid but i never got hurt once, actually, when i was 7 i was walking with my mom up a flight of stairs, i slipped backwards and before i hit the ground a homeless person cought me and picked me up and carried me to my mom, they are nice people. most of them have families to that they need to support, yes it is scarry out there but unless your out there trying to prevoke people, you should be safe. i can honestly say, i miss living there and i would move back if i could. here homeless, not gangsters. although there is some dangerous people there but y would they choose you.

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  • Looking for trouble?

    by travelbugcheri Updated Sep 22, 2006

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    Everyone is so freaked out about the DTES. It's like this: If you aren't looking to score drugs or a looking for sex from a "professional" then you are basically safe.

    Don't let paranoia get you, especially since the Chinatown night market is in the DTES, you may miss something special. Gastown is also in the area (on the fringes) but in the day you won't be bothered, stay off of Hastings though.

    I would reccomend not parking in the area...property crime is pretty high in Vancouver (especially there), but violent crimes are not commmon unless you are trying to do something illegal anyway.

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    Junkies!

    by OrganicNoise Updated May 10, 2006

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    Have you heard enough about the heroin problem in Van? It's real. Here in Toronto I've never seen anything close to what I regularly witnessed in Downtown Vancouver. Try to avoid the neighbourhood east of Gastown - you'll know it when you see it. Junkies also get around all parts of the downtown core, and can be found in store alcoves and near major bus transfer points. That being said, these are human beings, and they aren't (usually) out to bother anyone. For all that I was warned of danger, and even with how threatening some streets seem at night, no one paid me the least bit of attention. Be cool, keep your wits about you, and it should be fine. That being said, don't park your car in this neighbourhood, flaunt wealth, or otherwise draw attention to yourself!

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    avoid the downtown east-side

    by vancitytraveller Updated Feb 28, 2007

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    i'm very familiar with Vancouver..since i live and born here..druggies, pimps, drugs, crime, break-ins, etc etc etc are in that area..aviod that area! its ok to take a bus threw it..but don't walk threw there at night!you may get robbed..downtown east-side is located after Cambie and Hastings street..downtown is generally safe

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    Ok, here's the part no one...

    by d_knows Updated Sep 8, 2002

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    Ok, here's the part no one wants to see, even the immigrants don't like to know they moved to a place like this so they take alternate routes to avoid seeing this.
    Many hav mentioned it here, itz the East side. A little around or close to China Town. When u on East Pender and u gone too far, u'll know u gone too far. East Hastings being the main street to get across downtown to get to the highway(Highway 1)

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  • Downtown East side

    by socheid Updated Aug 30, 2010

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    I was warned to avoid this area by hotel reception. I was in Gastown and needed an ATM at one point and stumbled into the edge of this area by mistake.

    If you imagine a mixture of something like 'Zombies: dawn of the dead', 'Thriller' and 'V the visitors' then you'll get the picture.

    Sad but who said life was perfect?

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  • Vancouver has a dark side

    by morgueanne Written Jul 27, 2006

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    Perish the thought. Every city has a dark side and Vancouver's isn't as dangerous as the people who have posted before me have made it seem. I am in this neighbourhood everyday. I have worked afternoon shifts down on East Hastings for almost a year and never had a problem. Part of it is because they see me all the time, but tourists should be alright if they stay in groups and do the following

    - Stay out of the alleys
    - Realize that you're in their territory
    - Keep your attitude and opinions about their lifestyle to yourself.

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  • street of dispair

    by bondage Written Jan 6, 2006

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    the homeless people, the prostitutes, the criminals, the drug addicts..they did not choose this life. To avoid this street because of them is complete BS. This is indeed the poorest neighborhood in Canada but instead of avoiding the street, why not go there and see the problem and bring it to attention to DO SOMETHING rather than to ignore it. I am not a tourist but a proud resident of Vancouver who has walked through that street many times day and night. It is not dangerous, it is simply just a depressing street in need of repair and attention.

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  • DTES- note to ignorant people

    by smashley101 Written Mar 29, 2012

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    this is a common sight..stay out of the alleys
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    Of course if you have heard about the downtown eastside, its probably the best place to stay away from unless you are either a practicing drug addict in need of a fix, or someone who really wants to help, if you are neither of the above, stay away. i used to live here and they can smell a tourist coming down the block. Dont think that everyone down there is souly interested in doing drugs, remember these people need money for drugs and you can and probably will be targeted if you are stupid enough to venture down to "see the sights" all the sights to see down there are just as easily accessed in the latest episode of "Intervention".
    On the other hand, thanks to our wonderful government, they closed down a huge mental hospital and then subsidized all the patients to live there, and yes, thats exactly what walking down the street feels like. Even the cops fail to bother doing anything unless there are cameras around.
    To the person who lives there and wants to kill them all, with that attitude, you better start packing now, you are the type of person whom they justify their actions upon. Its a sick attitude to have dude. I was brought down there to be used and sold by my own canadian father, and i was surprised by the feeling of community there really is there, you dont have to be addicted to be part of it, just dont treat them like freaks, and be smart when you are there.
    ***Tourists****
    DO NOT
    go to east hastings to sight see, you will be robbed if not conned...
    point and stare at the addicts, a person who has just shot crack may look really f*&ed up, but believe you me, they can and will tear you to pieces
    DO
    come to vancouver, dont let one area stop you from enjoying all that the city has to offer
    not everyone is addicted to drugs or a gangster

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  • What s the Big deal!!!

    by chhivan Updated Dec 25, 2003

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    I lived in Vancouver for a while around the cobalt (main st.) well even if it seems really scary at first you quickly get used to it... even crackheads can be friendly once in a while. I ve never been attacked (I am a girl) well anyway just to say that downtown eastside is more scary looking than it is exept of corse for the used seringes everywhere (don t wear jesus boots)

    To all Pot smokers well you can a joint on Downtown eastside streets, just as crack smoker's can smoke their'S

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    Downtown Eastside

    by canadacutey Written Feb 25, 2003

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    This part of downtown, is a very unflattering view of our beautiful city.Mentioned as the worst skid row in north america.Dont let yourself wander into this part of town.Although many movies are filmed in this area, it is a poor community.

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    Newer seen so many totally wasted

    by petriojk Written May 1, 2007

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    I was walking there monday evening around 8PM and I have never so many people so wasted before. All other places where I have seen wasted people they have been alone, or maximum two of them. But in here tens of people were wandering the street without knowing what happend around them.

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    downtown eastside - no pay phones

    by erinvee Updated Feb 8, 2004

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    If you do wander into the Downtown Eastside at night, be sure you have your cell phone with you. Most of the pay phones in that area have been removed over the past couple of years, as they were used mainly for drug deals, or were vandalized.

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    Vancouver Eastside

    by coolpanda87 Updated Sep 10, 2004

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    It's often depressing to know that this area close to downtown is Vancouver's drug haven & prostitution central. Many shops are closed & the street decor is not necessarily inviting. It is not a war zone, but visitors should enter this area with vigilance and street smarts.

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    Jul 13, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    I used to hang out out in downtown eastside and was a drug attic too. But since I stay in surrey (where I live) i stay out of trouble and am clean off it and stay away from danger... Im even too scared to come back to chill. Its not fun. For 8 months from November 2012 to June 2013 I hung out there. Even whalley callled "The Strip" is like Hastings area but less crowd and dealers. Its scary. But now my life changed, Im free!!! :) remember people, STAY AWAY FROM THERE!!!!

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