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Old Posted Nov 24, 2009, 11:41 PM
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Ok, so they changed the name. The area and all of its problems remains the same. The prostitution stroll is still 12th Ave between Broad and Winnipeg and drug houses still infest the area like a cancer. While I agree that development around the area (like Canterbury Park) will help, we still need to shut down (or bulldoze) about half the neighbourhood. Agencies like SCAN (Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods) can be part of the solution. SCAN has the power to evict people from homes involved in the drug trade and prostitution. In some cases where the home is found to be too delapitated and the landlord refuses to bring it up to standard, it is bulldozed.

Don't get me wrong, I am all for development and investment in the area. I just think there are other agencies that could work in tandem with the business community to clean the area up faster.
The problem with just outright bulldozing that area is that it is where a lot of the low income people in this city live. Without that housing, no matter how bad it is, they are on the street. So you would definitely have to have some work being done along side. For example, for every place you bulldoze, you have to make sure there is a low rental unit somewhere available for the displaced people. The actions of the slumlord type management isn't their fault, and they shouldn't have to suffer from it. If think a lot of that area probably could be bulldozed, but some of the solutions could be to also use some of that bulldozed land and build some maybe 5-6 story low rental apartment buildings. There would need to be a lot of Provincial and Federal support for a project like that though.
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