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Geography 350 Neighbourhood Project 99A Sept 2010

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Neighbourhood Projects

GROUP 1: Downtown Eastside, VANCOUVER [[1]] Group 1 will be examining the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Although the DTES comprises several neighborhoods by civic boundary, we will focus our study to the area surrounding the Woodwards Development. The Issue we will be analyzing is the effects of ongoing gentrification in the area. The effects of gentrification on the DTES are of significant importance. As one of the poorest postal codes in Canada, DTES residents are especially susceptible to rising property values and subsequent rising rents. The DTES also has special appeal as an area where unconventional artists, shops, and entertainment venues are located. Our study will take an interest on how the new development in the area has affected these features.

GROUP 2: Chinatown Vancouver [[2]] Group 2 will be analyzing the revitalization of Vancouver's Chinatown. Chinatown in Vancouver is a significant historical establishment that has represented the Chinese Immigrant population for decades. Throughout history it has endeared locals, immigrants and tourists to Vancouver. Unfortunately in the present a high number of crimes including drug use and dealings, theft and other socio-economic issues such as unemployment have taken away from the character of Chinatown. Thus the reason a resolution of how to restore the area, such as the Revitalization of the Downtown Eastside, needed to be created. In order to successfully restore this neighbourhood to a healthy place to live, certain aspects of Chinatown need to be analysed. For example, how will the proximity of other downtown eastside neighbourhoods impact the revitalization efforts in Chinatown? Will an influx of new housing and re-designed buildings led to gentrification and furthermore the displacement of its current residents? If investment is put into the businesses is there enough of a market to economically sustain Chinatown? Therefore, the revitalization of Chinatown is an issue that needs to be analyzed to ensure it is accomplishing its own goals of making a positive impact on the people who live there as well as the local business owners.

GROUP 3: Kitimat, British Columbia [[3]] The neighbourhood Group 3 will be analyzing is Kitimat, British Columbia. It is a community that is located in northwestern BC. It was built and centered on the construction of Alcan (Aluminum Company of Canada) in 1950. We will be analyzing various issues but primarily the results of depopulation due to closing of the mills and how that has affected the city's economy, people and environment.

GROUP 4: Surrey, BC [[4]] Project Group 4 will be considering the city of Surrey, BC. The nation as a whole is experiencing an uprise in population due to immigration trends, and Surrey is no exception to the national trend. The public transit infrastructure will be examined in particular, and the issues that it faces in conjunction to the large city.

GROUP 5: South Riverdale, TORONTO [[5]] We have chosen to investigate the neighbourhood of South Riverdale in Toronto and discuss cycling as an issue and alternative to other types of transit.

GROUP 6: POINT GREY, VANCOUVER [[6]] Neighbourhood Project Group 6 is selecting the Point Grey area in Vancouver, BC for analysis. The issue we are dealing with will be affordable housing for students, and the associated problems it creates.