Naomi Klein joins protest against gentrification in the Downtown Eastside: photos
Naomi Klein, activist and best-selling author of The Shock Doctrine, joined anti-poverty activists and Occupy Vancouver members in front of the Pantages building on East Hastings to speak against gentrification in the area.
"This is one of the most unequal cities in North America," she said. "It has the least affordable housing — not in Canada, not in North America — in the Commonwealth."
Referring to the new condos being planned in the Downtown Eastside, Klein continued:
"Gentrification doesn’t just drive housing prices up in this neighbourhood. It drives the cost of everything up in this neighbourhood. And it drives the cost of everything up across the city. And this is the model that is being put forward."
Onlookers nodded as she spoke in support of stopping condo development in the neighbourhood, calling it a "fair" and "moral" demand.