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Collapse of scaffolding on Abbott worries DTES residents

Credit Michel Provost

Local residents were alarmed on Sunday when a section of scaffolding at the intersection of Abbott and Hasting street suddenly collapsed, obstructing the sidewalk. According to Downtown Eastside resident Michel Provost, the scaffolding wasn't cleared until Tuesday this week, and workers did not clear a further section of the scaffolding that he says is ready to fall.

"Why aren't the City inspectors coming to look at this? It's been going on all winter," he said.

"Are they waiting again for another [collapse?] I asked three cops at the bus stop if anyone got hurt from this and they said they don't know, nobody called them."

Collapsed Scaffolding at Abbot and Hastings


Provost, a long time resident of the neighbourhood, says a similar delay occurred with his low income residence on Pender street. He believes that the social conditions of the DTES are linked to the slow response time to incidents like this.

"The thing is you get a lot of [mentally ill] people living down there. And they’re not taken seriously," he said.

When reached for comment a representative for the City of Vancouver was unable to provide a comment about the delay. About the concerns about the remaining scaffolding, the representative said:

"Clearly, someone put up barricades. We made sure that people saw it was a hazard until we removed the material."


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