Picket Pantages Party

You are cordially invited to a …

Picket Pantages Party !!
Thursday, Sept 8th 11:00 am
NE entrance to Tinseltown (Pender & Taylor streets)

Come one! Come all!

Residents and supporters of the DTES are invited to a picket party outside Tinseltown, the location of Marc Williams’ Sequel 138 office and presentation centre which will soon be opening to sell high end condos in the middle of the Downtown Eastside.

This action will launch a boycott campaign against Williams’ planned condo development at 138 E. Hastings St., the site of the old Pantages theatre. We will be gathering to support an ongoing effort to encourage potential condo buyers to refuse to purchase condos in the DTES, where their investment will contribute to the displacement of low-income residents in the neighbourhood.

Meet at 11:00 am outside the Pender Street entrance to the Tinseltown Mall (aka International Village). Bring signs, placards and your enthusiasm for defending the community against gentrification. Supporting organizations are strongly encouraged to bring banners to create a visible display of solidarity with DTES residents.

Who: You, your organizations and your friends
What: Picket Marc Williams’ office in Tinseltown
When: Thursday, Sept 8th, 11:00 am
Where: North East entrance to the Tinseltown Mall / International Village (corner of Pender and Taylor)
Why: Launch a boycott of condos at the Pantages / Sequel 138

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16 responses to “Picket Pantages Party

  1. These are not high-end condos, they are entry level affordable condos for people who otherwise couldn’t afford to buy in Vancouver.

    Stop spreading misinformation and focus on the real problems in the DTES…

  2. Did I mention there’s also social housing in this project???

  3. Hey poverty pimps! nice turnout for your ‘picket party’!!! Your message is really resonating!

  4. so long neighbourino

    What makes the DTES yours anyway? You’ve claimed it as your own, despite contributing nothing to it, aside from ensuring it stays a haven for heroin, meth, and AIDS. Nice job. Now get out of the way so productive members of society can live somewhere affordable in the city they actually contribute to.

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  9. In response to all the poor-bashing going on above.

    To the entries by “neighbor” – a) these condos are a quarter of a million dollars each…its pretty high end when compared to the welfare rate and b) the social housing component is token and is vastly outweighed by the overall effect of displacement. The rising property values and rents that this project will spawn will displace infinitely more people than are housed at Sequel 138.

    To “so long neighbourino” – the DTES belongs to the people who live there by virtue of the fact that…well…they live there!! And who the fuck counts as a “productive” member of society anyway? Someone who consumes so much that they are throwing away food while others starve and whose affluent lifestyle comes at the expense of billions of poor people world wide, the bombings of civilians abroad and the theft of indigenous land here in Canada?

    The DTES, on the other hand, is a vibrant community with a rich and diverse cultural heritage. It continues to exist in spite of continued attempts by governments and developers to “clean it up.” This is far more productive and valuable than the community that would be (de)formed by gentrification.

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  11. I feel very sorry for the families that had to board up businesses since the influx of drugs and liquer liscences. The people who own pantages should be allowed to build what ever they like with out fear of lobbyists rich or poor . This action against the owners of pantages is the usual thugery city hall sets people up for

  12. Concerned Resident

    Have you noticed? Some people use ‘poor-bashing’ like other people use ‘anti-Semitism’.

    When you criticize the foreign policy of Israel, the weakest reply is always to be accused of anti-Semitism.

    When you criticize DTES policy, the weakest reply is always to be accused of poor-bashing.

    The mentality is the same. Instead of thinking about the real problem, and exploring real options, and going beyond failed old policies, reactionaries here and in Israel just toss out tired slogans.

    Criticizing Israel is NOT anti-Semitic. Criticizing failed policies in the DTES is NOT poor-bashing. It’s time for new thoughts about old problems.

    No real progressive is ever afraid of a new idea. “Poor-bashing” as a reply to everything is lame. No one believes it any more.

  13. Alchohol poisening , illteracy , more pubs per city block than actual wage earners is the issue. There is one drug dealer for every cop right across from the police station. Its a laughable joke.

  14. I think “the poor” would be best served if they just let the building go derelict.

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  16. Vancouver observer

    Isn’t it time to admit failure? What we’ve been doing in the DTES satisfies no one, on any side of the spectrum. It’s time for new choices.
    Here’s an important new think piece about the options, and about a healthier future in the DTES. It’s in the Vancouver Courier: http://owl.li/7n2wH
    We must never be afraid of new solutions to old problems. Time for real change and progressive policies in the DTES. Knee-jerk, reactionary ‘solutions’ repeated over and over have fixed nothing. Those old ‘solutions’ are not a platform. They are a treadmill.

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