Jan 05 2009
Vancouver’s downtown eastside is better known for being the poorest urban area code in Canada. Whenever I visit the neighborhood, I’m astonished at the stark transition from the hip, gentrifying Gastown neighborhood that seemed until recent years to be an extension of the worst parts of the ghetto, and the worst intersections where drug dealers and sex trade workers are reflected by pawn shop storefronts and in the dusty window panes of businesses that long ago closed their doors.
But there is an interesting experiment going on in the downtown eastside, Fearless City, bringing new technology and media tools to energize the neighborhood’s artists and other residents. Empowered with donated camera cell phones, other mobile devices, and peer training, the people of the downtown eastside get to tell their own stories and have a greater voice in our fast-changing city. With a camera phoneThe Vancouver blog Raincoaster provides some details on phase 2 of Phones for Fearless.