A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future
Greystone Books, a division of D&M, 2009 - HISTORY - 425 pages
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 AmericaOCOs poorest, most drug-challenged neighbourhoods: VancouverOCOs Downtown Eastside.
"A Thousand Dreams" raises provocative questions about the challenges confronting not only VancouverOCOs Downtown Eastside but also all of North AmericaOCOs 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
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This is a well written and fascinating book about one of the most notoriously poverty stricken and drug addicted areas in the world. It illustrates how prohibition creates more social problems than it solves and tells the tale of the end of the BC safety net for the old, the sick, the poor and the mentally ill.
Review: A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its FutureUser Review - Goodreads
This is a must read for all Canadians, and for anyone interested in harm reduction policy, and the impact uninformed governments can have on the health and wellness of their most marginalized citizens. A brilliant, informative, heartbreaking read. Read full review