Three Times East Hastings

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“East Hastings” is usually associated with the Downtown Eastside’s funerary procession of barricaded storefronts, dive hotels and desperate people. But as the street heads east, through an industrial area, past a housing project, over the train tracks, and still further east up the hill beyond Commercial Drive, it gains a certain middle-class respectability, as Italian markets sidle up next to cafes and Chinese bakeries. Then, almost as soon as it started, the little shopping district huddled near Nanaimo Street begins to wear thin, its shops broken by strip plazas and drive-through restaurants.

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This entry was written by Christopher DeWolf , posted on Tuesday August 14 2007at 11:08 pm , filed under Canada and tagged . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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