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

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Greystone Books, 2009 - Social Science - 352 pages
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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: Vancouver’s 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

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About the author (2009)

Larry Campbell was mayor of Vancouver from 2002 to 2005 and oversaw the establishment of North America’s first legal injection site. His career as chief coroner for B.C. inspired the Gemini Award-winning TV series Da Vinci’s Inquest. He was appointed a Canadian senator in 2005.

Neil Boyd is a professor and associate director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. He is a frequent media commentator on drug law, drug policy, and criminal violence, and has completed community impact studies on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Educated in psychology at the University of Western Ontario and in law at Osgoode Hall Law School, he is the author of five previous books, including The Last Dance.

Lori Culbert is an award-winning journalist with the Vancouver Sun. She has spent years writing about the Downtown Eastside, including the trial of accused serial killer Robert Pickton.

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