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Again, i have to say that i'm photographing this through thick panes of glass, so the sharpness won't be perfect! thanks!

This is a more complete view of the Downtown East Side. Its only half or so, as the East side continues on more to the left - but hey, my lens can only go so far! But it will give you an idea of the architecture and hopefully the mood / atmosphere.

Why do i say that? I usually show you the business districts with the tall highrises and expensive condo's...you're looking at more of the poorer side of the city. I havn't really shown this side of Vancouver to you on TE. This area is the poorest area in ALL of Canada, and even poorer than the poorest large cities in America - its that bad.

Walking around this area can be dangerous, and many tourists dont know that. With the close proximity to the richer sides of Van, its easy to unknowingly find yourself in a sticky situation. It happened to me a few years back as I had my camera kicked out of my hands, threatened, and I was physically chased/followed by a couple of men for several blocks until i outran them. Drugs and prostitution run rampid here, as does crime.

In this photo, the streets to the right side get better and better, safer and safer. The middle street (west hastings), and the street to the left side, and the streets further left, get more and more unsafe.

Some of the architecture is beautiful in an ugly sort of way, and i hope to bring that to you later in better lighting conditions than what you see here.

Have yourself a great weekend!
Thanks for looking.
Craig

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