I will give you my best answer of why I think that ‘skid row’ hasn’t moved westward.The answer would be housing .Moving toward the west there is no housing available, except for quite costly condos, and limited/costly rental units.
Right at Hastings and Main there were lots of old hotels, rooming houses, bars and flop housing.I’m not absolutely certain of the current housing status, because I haven’t been in that area for a long time.However, I suggest that the area likely hasn’t changed substantially from what it was in the past.
At the Main and Hastings, and extending for at least 2 kilometres eastward there is still is probably a fair amount of lower cost rentals and other forms of accommodation.As an aside from the ‘skid row’ issue, at one point in my life, as a young adult, I had to take the bus along Hastings right past Main Street.Note that my job and bus stop were located before ‘skid row’ right in the heart of downtown Vancouver, about a kilometer west of Gastown.
I always dreaded the stop just before Main.I would typically sit by myself on the bus and it seemed there would always be a quite smelly person getting on the bus at that location.Guess what?
I would be the preferred person for the smelly individual to sit next to.Happily, these people were typically making a short run to somewhere close by to where they got on the bus.Thinking back, I also could have tried to sit next to someone else, but I probably was too shy to sit next to the ladies that were mostly using the bus at that time, about 45 years ago.
You’re misunderstanding the community.The downtown Eastside (NOT skid row) is a very tight-knit community.Everyone knows everyone else.
People who live there socialize there, and tend not to leave.The area has a long history, back to when there were opium dens when Vancouver was a brand-new city.I guess that was the start of the Opioid crisis.
have you noticed how many homeless people live in that area?Don’t you spend a lot of time in your home?And your neighbourhood?
Why don’t you just move a few blocks?I can imagine that if I didn’t have a home I’d anchor myself where I could, where there were others like me, and where my basic needs could be most easily met.There are lots of feeding programs in the DTES, some opportunities for trade and commerce, low-priced hotels, shelters, and parks.
There are places who offer coffee and small snacks by donation.Should the person begging for change and paying $1 for coffee really go to starbucks instead and pay $6?Gastown is a really touristy area.
The DTES is not.Farther west than Gastown is the central business district.That’s where everyone works.
The remaining Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels are no longer in Gastown.Gastown has gentrified too much.As these are not particularly ambitious people they tend to not wander far from home.
As well the center of their main source for street drugs has appeared to have moved to the area around Oppenheimer Park several blocks to the east of main street.The ongoing gentrification is slowly moving east from Gastown which is tending to push the DTES people further east.Though once it gets part way to Clark the area becomes totally industrial and there are no remaining old hotels for them to live in.
Why are you asking this question?It is suspect because you obviously don’t know what you’re talking about.
This is a very good question and I don’t have a solid answer to it.Gentrification is one.They’ve slowly been pushed out of Gastown for the last 20 years since property owners in that area have finally began to re-invest in their land.
Herd mentality, strength in numbers constrain movement voluntarily.BTW a few stragglers do show up along Granville & Dunsmuir.The “skid row crowd” are among the most disadvantaged group in our country and desperately need support which is lacking in our society.
Honestly, not really anything, but in a way it’s what we know best!Yes, we do avoid Gastown but that’s to avoid cops, I guess.
Good question, simply, the authorities control that area as they don’t in other places depending entirely based on per capita income.