Vagrant in Vancouver
Vancouver Aug 21-22, 2010
Last stop in Canada, a weekend at the lovely Listle Hotel in down-town Vancouver. Unfortunately we missed the turn off to down-town and ended up having to backtrack. This brought us back into the city through Chinatown, a part of town we would not have seen otherwise. We were both very surprised and shocked to see huge number of homeless people in this part of town. Surprising since Vancouver’s population is just over half a million and it had such an air of prosperity about it when we drove though weeks earlier. The image is hard to forget. The next day we walked around the waterfront and watched hundreds of cruiseship passengers disembarking onto buses waiting to whisk them away to their hotel. Vancouver, like all modern cities has many faces.
I actually skipped Vancouver because everyone I talked to was telling me I should go. Smelt like PR spin being regurgitated.
I thought San Francisco had the most homeless. I was accosted several times by crazy (and aggressive) veterans. Actually the gangsters on each corner in the tenderloin were a lot more pleasant.
You know they have a tent city down in Florida to house the GFC homeless.
It's should be quite shameful for a wealthy country and the housing bubble in North America still has some way to deflate.
Meanwhile the rescued finance sector continues to produce nothing tangible. Got to get into that scam.
Keep the pictures coming. Don't forget your flickr.