DTES $1-Billion Improvement Plan


The Vancouver downtown eastside is a very rapidly changing neighbourhood and the city plan that has just been revealled will help it along. Inside this plan are the following key elements that will help the neighbourhood keep its heritage as well as development for the future.


Some of the key objectives are:

  • Create housing choice through achievable and aggressive housing targets and policies (both inside and outside the DTES), while protecting heritage character and scale
  • Consider additional height, in specific locations, to support public benefits that help improve well -being for all residents
  • Strengthen Hastings Street as a mixed-use corridor and and local serving retail street
  • Foster local economic development and social innovation that benefits all residents
  • Secure community assets and manage the social impacts of change and development, particularly on low income and vulnerable people


The Downtown Eastside (DTES) is one of Vancouver's oldest neighbourhoods, and the historic heart of the city.


The DTES has many assets, especially for its low-income residents, who appreciate feeling accepted and at home, and benefit from living near health and social services. Many volunteers contribute countless hours to help improve the community and work for social justice.


In recent years, the Downtown Eastside has struggled with many complex challenges including drug use, crime, homelessness, housing issues, unemployment, and loss of businesses in the community.


The goal of the Downtown Eastside local area plan is to create a vision and plan for the Downtown Eastside  that will focus on ways to improve the lives of low-income DTES residents and community members.


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