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214th DTES Street Market in Vancouver

July 14, 2014 Leave a comment

214th DTES Street Market and 29th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

In the heat of the day, we sold a large amount of pop, freezies and popsicles, making this an all time record for Street Market revenue!!!

Operations Upgrade Report

The Greenway Mural project progressed a little bit with the addition of a few more tarps. We now have 5 tarps hanging along the edge of Carrall St. in order to keep the shoppers inside the market and make for a clearer greenway.

We signed up another 30 vendors throughout the day. We now have over 80 vendor tags created and about half that many have been distributed to the vendors. They wear them proudly. We hope that this will enable us to keep track of who is not a resident of the DTES, and who should not be selling at our market.

We wanted to have a test run of independent security, but the guy that we hired for the day was stuck in Mission with a broken down car.

We found a local person, Ken, who has a BST certification that needs to be renewed. We used this as an opportunity to test out how a security guard would work and how they would interact with the RPICs.

Freezer cart was a great hit. This contributed to a record day in pop/popsicle sales.
This was a purpose built cart using our Great Beginnings money. Thank you, City of Vancouver!

 

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213th DTES Street Market in Vancouver

July 7, 2014 Leave a comment

213th DTES Street Market and 28th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:
It was on and off spotty with rain today.

This kept the market calm, but made it a little more unpleasant for the volunteers during the day.

There were a number of great things to talk about that were made possible at the market by the Great Beginnings grant from the City of Vancouver.

First, We made our first vendor ID tags. The system arrived on Friday, and that gave us a couple of hours to play with the system, set up the database, and create a vendor tag template. Here is an example of a vendor ID tag.

After 6-8 weeks or so, we should have a large enough penetration among our regular vendors to start demanding that vendors where tags, and to start kicking out vendors that do not have tags.

We had a vendor meeting, where we introduced a number of the upgrades to a little over 40 vendors – with widespread support. Tanya Fink from the planning department attended the meeting as well.

We introduced the concept of ID badges, the Greenway Mural, and the private security guards. Most vendors were quite supportive of the fact that we will have better security at the market.

After the vendor meeting, we accepted about 30 membership forms, and processed a little more than 20 badges to hand out on Sunday. All the vendors that got their badges were extremely happy and proud. The market is a big source of pride in the Downtown Eastside.

At the market, we started hanging tarps along the east side of Carrall St. in order to simulate the Greenway Mural, before the canvas hangings are ready. This Sunday, we hung 3 tarps. Next week, we will hang 5-6, and so on until the tarps are hanging the entire length of Carrall St.

We also began increasing the number of early morning clean up staff. This way we can have an impact on the early vendors. As the percentage of ID tags increases, we can also start to crack down on vendors that come too early in the morning.

 

 

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211th DTES Street Market – Happy Summer Solstice!

June 23, 2014 Leave a comment

211th DTES Street Market and 25th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

It was wonderful weather this Sunday – our solstice market.

This Sunday, we took the opportunity to beef up some of our operations, in preparation for the approval of our new operational grant.

We added an extra few people in the morning – to clean up the park and also to prevent people from setting up early. They will also be responsible for deploying the extra fencing when the security guards are hired.

We added an extra tent/table person to help distribute the tables after the tents are set up. In the coming weeks we will add more tables and make sure that all the vendors have an opportunity to raise their items off of the ground.

We also did a count of vendors on the three blocks east of the market while the market was going on. We found only 15 vendors on these three blocks at noon.
At 7:30pm, I went back and counted the same three blocks and found 61 vendors up and down the sidewalk from Gore to Carrall St.

We had one notable incident with the police where a couple that dresses in hippy clothes where taken away. The RPICs said that the items that the police found in their bag was not ok – items had price tags and looked brand new (such as socks, clothing, and electronic items). We will discuss this at our board meeting and make sure that they are not allowed back into the market.

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210th DTES Street Market in Vancouver – Happy Father’s Day!

June 16, 2014 Leave a comment

210th DTES Street Market and 24th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:
It was a strange summer day.

Rain throughout, and at some times a torrential downpour.

Despite this, we had good stretches during which the weather was bright and sunny, and the market did quite well. The rain kept the crowd down a little, and the volunteers did a great job cleaning the park during and after the market.

The unit block and sidewalks farther east cleared out quite nicely during market hours. Right after the market finished, most of the vendors returned to vend in front of the old, now vacant, United We Can building.

We received some great news over the past week.

The City of Vancouver will help us with a pilot project to increase our capacity and security at the market.

We will employ private security from a local firm, so that there will be a necessary intermediate means of escalation between the street market volunteers and the police. We will be able to ensure that vendors that are not residents of the DTES will not be allowed to vend at our market, and we will be able to better enforce our reasonable market rules (no stolen goods, no weapons, no perishable food items, etc…).

Included in the pilot project will be the ability to print vendor ID badges, and to increase the number of volunteers to patrol the perimeter of the market, and help vendors find places if the market is crowded.

An exciting aspect of the project will be a large Greenway Mural that will define the eastern edge of the market. Local artists and artist organizations will be invited to participate and paint the nearly 40 panels of the 200 foot long mural.

We will be contacting the Guinness book of world records to determine if this would be the longest removable mural in Canada or the World.

We had very few interactions with the VPD on this Sunday.

 

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205th DTES Street Market and 19th Street Market of 2014

May 11, 2014 Leave a comment

205th DTES Street Market and 19th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:
It was a beautiful day, a clear sign of summer.
The weather was perfect, and the vendors and customers came in droves.

I was also our Mother’s Day market.

We made close to record amounts of revenue, and are starting to search for other revenue streams… soft ice cream? slushies? hot dogs? training site could be 62 East Hastings.

 

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