A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future by Lori Culbert

A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future

byLori Culbert, Neil Boyd, Larry Campbell

Kobo ebook | October 1, 2009

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""In a clear and compelling fashion, [A Thousand Dreams is] a case for governments and communities to work together, to think 'outside the box' and to achieve longer-lasting solutions for complex social problems."" -- Vancouver Sun

In this mix of history, journalism, political analysis, and first-person accounts, former chief coroner and Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell, renowned criminologist Neil Boyd, and investigative journalist Lori Culbert, offer a portrait of one of North America's poorest, most drug-challenged neighbourhoods: VancouverÌs Downtown Eastside.

A Thousand Dreams raises provocative questions about the challenges confronting not only Vancouver's Downtown Eastside but also all of North America's major cities and offers concrete, urgently needed solutions, including:

Continued support for Insite, the safe injection site

Decriminalization of prostitution and drugs

The transfer of addiction services to the Health Ministry, allowing detox into the medical system

More government-funded SROs and more affordable social housing


Title:A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its FutureFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:192681228X

ISBN - 13:9781926812281


Rated 2 out of 5 by from An Unconvincing Read I picked up this book with the hopes of learning the personal stories of those who have been forced on to the streets of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. I figured that living in the Greater Vancouver area, this would be an important history to learn and become more sympathetic too. I agreed with a lot of the points that the author makes in regards to the benefits of social services to those who live in the DTES, as well as the benefits of opening safe injection sites to keep drug users off the streets and in a safer environment. I also think the point of treating drug use as a health issue and not a criminal issue is important in moving towards a better future for Vancouver. This book is well written in a journalistic style, providing research, quotes, and evidence to reach the author's point. Where this book falls short is that it presents all of these solutions with a huge sense of entitlement; that the people of the DTES are owed everything by the people of British Columbia and the different levels of government in Canada. The only real solution presented here is a series of free handouts at the expense of the government. I was frustrated that this book removes the consequences of ones actions from the individual and puts the blame on to the provincial and federal governments.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential Reading This is an essential book for anyone living in BC. It's about the situation in the Downtown East Side of Vancouver. If you're ever wondered why there is a safe injection site and a needle exchange program, and why some addicts are given free drugs. you need to read this book and learn about harm prevention. These people are citizens of our province and their situation has been declared an emergency for years now, but not enough is being done. There is approximately one death per day in the Downtown East Side. This book is written by people who are on the front lines and who know what they're talking about.
Date published: 2010-08-19