Tuesday Morning Paragraph – Social Inclusion

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Carnegie Community Action Project

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Dear Mayor & Council,

Why should we preserve the Downtown Eastside as a low-income community?

To stop “social exclusion”

The city’s plan for the DTES is to encourage market housing and maintain low income housing. Woodward’s is a prime example. Here’s an excerpt of the description of the amenity room for Woodward’s condo owners: “Owners will have full access to an amazing array of rooftop views and amenities including a glass-flanked gym, stacked media room and glamorous lounge. Live large in the soaring double-height space. Read. Flirt. Meditate. Invite your friends to a movie or barbeque. Dine outside on the deck. Get steamy or wet. There’s even a giant hot tub (yes-in the shape of a W).” “Plus, Club W is rumoured to have the sexiest restrooms on the continent.” Where do the social housing residents of Woodward’s go for their amenities?

(These Tuesday morning paragraphs are brought to you by the Carnegie Community Action Project to help you understand why the DTES should continue to be a low-income community and not be overwhelmed with condos.)