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202nd DTES Street Market and 16th Street Market of 2014

April 21, 2014 Leave a comment

202nd DTES Street Market and 16th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

Ah, yes… the 4:20 market.

Easter Sunday at Pigeon Park.

The weather was cloudy and we got a little rain, but not too much to spoil a great market.

Total vendors at noon was 150 – down mostly due to the weather, but also probably due to the crowd of people assembled at the Art Gallery today enjoying a special Easter egg hunt.

As for our lot at 62 East Hastings St….

We gained access to the lot on October 1, 2013 – which means that it has now been 200 days since the City of Vancouver gave us that lot and we do not have the 4 things that they promised us that they would give us in order for us to run a market there. Those four things are: Power, Water, Bathrooms, Garbage.
It does not seem like an impossible task…

Despite the overcast weather, the market went extremely well.

We only had one incident – one of the illicit drinkers started fighting our volunteers and we had to call the cops. After the police arrived, the drinker started threatening and fighting with them. I have a feeling he won’t be getting out of jail very soon.

We also had a very cute little girl handing out Easter messages.

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198th DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Sun Mar 23, 2014

March 24, 2014 Leave a comment

198th DTES Street Market and 12th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

This was great weather all day, and the number of vendors reflected this… over 200 counted at noon.

We had a number of incidents during the day. One man was passed out and possibly overdosed, ambulance was called and he was fine in the end.

A great sign of the summer, the 50/50 raffle was a near record.

We had two special guests at the market – Maggie Geiser and Carolyn Lair.

Also, for the first time, we brought out the gas pressure washer at the end of the day and cleaned the park before the garbage truck came. The park was completely free of vendors at 7pm.

 

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192nd DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Sun Feb 9, 2014

February 10, 2014 Leave a comment

192nd DTES Street Market and 6th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

This was the 192nd market at Pigeon Park on Sunday. We are always proud of this number because it represents the DTES Street Market as one of the longest running events in DTES history.

We had two porta potties this weekend!

Thank you, City of Vancouver!

By the end of the day, the first one was completely full and clogged like normal, but the second one was still usable. Progress!

It was again great weather for Vancouver in the winter. Cloudy, cold, but no rain.

We had no major incidents throughout the day, and most of the volunteers showed up as they promised.

The police interaction during the day was very positive. We had a visit from Mark Bradshaw, who was friendly and cracked some jokes as usual.

Later in the day, we asked two officers to help with the erratic couple that we frequently have problems with. The woman that likes smoking meth openly in the market fired one up in front of everyone. The volunteers tried to get her to be respectful of the families and children that may be walking by, but she just denied it and argued with the volunteers. The police were flagged down and helped us move them out of the market. The police were helpful and just stood around while the couple packed up, and therefore assisted the volunteers immensely. The couple were told that they could come back to the market next week, but had to leave today. They left peacefully. Hopefully this is a new era of cooperation between the VPD and the DTES Street Market!

We also had a celebrity visit from MaryClare Zak from the City of Vancouver. She wandered around the market and spoke to a few of our volunteers. She had nice things to say, and I hope that it showed how proud the volunteers were of their work.

DJ did outreach for the DNC at the market, and polled a number of vendors on their opinions of the DTES LAP process. She will present these findings at our next board meeting.

We had good sales again. Sold out of Coffee and Hot Chocolate at about 1:30pm.

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189th DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Sun Jan 19, 2014

January 20, 2014 Leave a comment

189th DTES Street Market and THIRD  Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

There is no other festival in the Downtown Eastside that can boast almost 200 event-days. This little street market is not only the heart of the Downtown Eastside, but possibly the largest historical event of the Downtown Eastside for all time. 

It was a beautiful sunny day. Quite unusual for this time of year in Vancouver.

We had music, the theme was English Ska of the 70s and 80s – and a few people started dancing in front of our tent.

There were tons of vendors – 205 set up at noon. This is bigger than any count in months and near a record for the year. If this is an indication of the demand that we will see in the summer, then we really need more funding to provide better security and crowd control.

The great thing about the DTES Street Market is the social communication. You see people from all walks of life talking, negotiating, and enjoying the day.

On Sunday, Pigeon Park becomes a real town square where people can bump into people they haven’t seen for months and catch up.

Since this area was a traditional native trading ground (known as Lek Lek’i), and the market vendors have large native representation, we feel we are re-kindling this native trading village every Sunday with our market.

The City of Vancouver should be proud to embrace this truly unique event.

At about 1pm there was a huge commotion from the crowd. Everyone started to look up and point. Twenty Eagles circled over above the market for several minutes. There was much excitement from crowd, and some people even started to cry. This is considered a great blessing, and we are definitely touched.

Here is a video of the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrdQ5tkIhiI

I took the time today to look around at many of the customers, and tried to judge what percentage were from outside the DTES or not. We have done a statistical analysis of 50/50 draw amounts and shown that the pots are no longer tied to the welfare cycle – indicating that much of the money flows now from people that are likely outside the neighbourhood. Also, just anecdotally one can see now that our positive press over the last year is really turning the tide and one can see many couples and families walking through the market.

Walking through the market at about 10am, I noticed an amazing pile of vinyl records – perhaps 200 of them. A guy named Dale comes to the market every now and again and buys coffee from me and we chat. He owns a record store on Union street and always makes a point to ask me if I have seen any vinyl at the market. He immediately saw the huge stash of vintage records and we chatted again as he bought coffee today. He said that there were 4 or 5 other professional buyers that come to the Street Market every Sunday to scope the scene like he does. He noticed they were bidding at the table and was waiting until the buzz subsided. This is also a great sign for the market that store owners are coming here looking for product!

I spoke to a couple that was buying coffee, the man had a European accent, so I asked him where he was from. He said “Belgium”. I asked him what he thought of the market, and he said “we love it”. He promised to go back to Belgium and tell everyone how great the Pigeon Park market was in Vancouver.

Arts and Crafts were sold today by the DNC Women’s Committee. Some great origami cranes made into fridge magnets and broaches. More men seemed to be interested in the art than women, and there were a few sales by boyfriends as gifts to their sweethearts.

One of the strangest appearances at the market ever – was a bit of DTES history. The old Asahi baseball sign from Oppenheimer Park made it to the market. It was beaten and tattered and left at the end of the day. We just could not let this go into the trash, so we strapped it to the top of my car and drove it to our lot. It is a sad day when such an important piece of history is discarded like this. Perhaps we will clean it up and mount it on the side of our container.

It has been a while since I have described the volunteer responsibilities, or outlined market operations, so here you go…

It amazes me how smooth and well oiled a machine the market has become. With a tiny budget of less than $600 per day, we have transformed the market using the amazing power of our many devoted volunteers that make on average $3.50 per hour. Here is a run down of what they do every Sunday. It is a great description of the Street Market as a venue for the employment of marginalized DTES residents. We had to slowly tweak and change every aspect of the schedule you see below over the years to make sure that the shifts were not too long and that we had enough people at every stage to ensure that the jobs could get done.

Here is a great video of volunteer activity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V95ulDbFEZQ

7:30am – Jacek and two other morning clean up volunteers arrive at Pigeon Park to sweep up any mess that remains from the weekend bridge and tunnel partiers.  They also set up the perimeter fencing. Jacek also starts brewing the coffee at about 5am, and goes back and forth to his SRO to prepare the 150 cups we will sell during the day. The two morning clean up volunteers work from 7:30am to 9:00am and get $10 each.

8:30am – I arrive, park my car next to Pigeon Park.

9:00am – RPICs arrive and use chalk to define vending areas, mark where we are going to set up tents, and make sure that we have access for wheelchairs and so forth.

10:00am – The Marshalls, Guards, and Setup Crew arrive. Everyone gets a vest. 10 volunteers arrive in total at this time, and if anyone is late, we have to “fish” out their job to someone at the market to ensure that the position is filled. The guards are assigned areas to patrol (the no vending areas), and the rest to to 62 E Hastings to retrieve the rest of the equipment. When the volunteers return, the road is closed and the tents are set up, and tables are distributed. The market now truly begins. Two Marshalls patrol the market, enforce the rules, and pick up trash for a four how shift (10am-2pm) and receive $13.50. Three Guards enforce no vending areas for a three hour shift (10am-1pm) and receive $10.

11:00am – the tents are all set up, the tables are all distributed, the Set Up crew gets paid $10 for their effort (5 members of the team)

12:00 – Jacek does a vendor count and starts selling 50/50 tickets.

1:00pm – Afternoon Guards arrive and morning Guards are paid. RPIC#2 from the morning gets paid and is replaced by the afternoon shift.

2:00pm – Afternoon Marshalls arrive and morning Marshalls are paid. I walk around the park and collect the tent and table rental money. RPIC#1 gets paid for morning shift and afternoon replacement arrives.

4:00pm – The 50/50 draw takes place, signalling the beginning of the clean up phase of the market. The afternoon Tear Crew arrives and takes all the tents and gathers all of the tables. Vendors are warned that the street will open at 5:00pm. The clean up crew arrives (two volunteers that wait until the garbage truck arrives).

5:00pm – Carrall St. is opened. The equipment is returned to our container at 62 E Hastings. The Tear Down crew is paid out $10 each. The Clean Up. RPIC#2 from afternoon gets paid ($7/hour) and leaves.

6:00pm – The afternoon Marshalls are paid out (2 x $13.50) after helping to close Pigeon Park to vending.

6:30-7:30pm – The garbage truck arrives and takes are huge pile of garbage away. The volunteers make one final trek to 62 E Hastings and return the clean up cart. Clean Up crew gets $15 each. RPIC#1 from afternoon gets paid ($7 per hour) and leaves.

7:30-9:00pm – I go home, count the money that we made at the market and write the weekly report.

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188th DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Sun Jan 12, 2014

January 13, 2014 Leave a comment

188th DTES Street Market and SECOND Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

It was a typical rainy Vancouver winter day.

At 8:30am we had only two or three vendors arriving, and we almost thought that the market might not happen. I reassured the volunteers that once we had some tents up, the vendors and customers would come… and they did.

By noon we had about 60 vendors, which is not bad considering the conditions. Only the vendors that secured a tent could stay, and we had the most interest in our tables that I have seen in months.

Events of Note:

We had no injuries during the day, and virtually no one even needed the first aid kits.

We did get a visit from the vendor that we barred from the market last week, Fred. At about 3pm he was seen walking through the market and we did exactly what we rehearsed the day before at our job meeting.

About 7 or 8 volunteers gathered together and confronted him all at once. Richard was at the head of the group and had a copy of the letter that we gave him last week, and also the poster that we made barring him from the market. Despite some early protests, he left willingly. It was a clear triumph for the strength and resolve of the volunteers that we could handle this situation smoothly and without any physical violence.

There was also a curious thing that happened throughout the day that I couldn’t help noticing.

Many of the normal ‘misbehaving’ or ‘selling out of a bag’ vendors were stopped by volunteers as normal and escorted out of the park. The vendors started setting up camp on the corner of Hastings and Carrall St., right near the Interurban gallery. They refused to move any further because they claimed that this was just a normal side walk. A quick conference among volunteers determined that they were right, and we just let them stay there. One vendor was even displaying meats openly on the side walk until the police came and chased him away.

This is another example in my mind of the market working perfectly. The stolen goods that are sold up and down Hastings are finally getting stopped at the border of our little market.

We purchased a small (1kW) generator at the market to supplement our solar powered off-grid system at 62 East Hastings.

 

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