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Vacant Lot in Downtown Vancouver to Become Garden of Hope


I visited with Shandelle and Peter in an empty lot in the heart of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, where they plan to start a garden for the neighbourhood. Peter, who works at the Portland Hotel, part of the PHS Community Services Society, describes who lives in the buildings surrounding the garden. Shandelle is excited by the food growing potential of the lot and how it can help the people she works with.

This area along Hastings Street has become notorious for poverty and drug abuse in Vancouver, our beautiful and wealthy city soon to host the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Films: ‘Through a Blue Lens’ and ‘Beyond The Blue Lens – Tears For April’ by the Odd Squad.

Lost In Transition – Mental Health Report by the Vancouver Police Department.

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1 comment

1 Col { 02.06.08 at 11:32 pm }

This is a great project. I have thought of doing similar things but what bothers me is growing in urban soil. Will there be pollution from vehicle exhausts? Lead? Anything else?