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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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Roland Clarke, Jacek Lorek and Richard Cunningham have their photos taken by Ben Nelms of The Globe and Mail newspaper

June 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Roland Clarke, Jacek Lorek and Richard Cunningham of DTES Street Market have their photos taken by Ben Nelms, of The Globe and Mail Newspaper in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) 0 Cover of DTES Street Market with Ben Nelms of Globe and Mail newspaper

 

DTES Street Market crew cleans up Victory Square in Vancouver

June 7, 2014 Leave a comment

On a sunny Friday afternoon, a crew from the DTES Street Market cleans up Victory Square in Vancouver

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207th DTES Street Market and 21th Street Market of 2014

May 27, 2014 Leave a comment

207th DTES Street Market and 21th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:


It was a great spring day despite the rain.

The rain started as a mere tinkle, then progressed to a downpour later in the afternoon.

We deployed all of our 10×10 canopy tents, and this helped the vendors survive the deluge. We had over 130 vendors despite the rain.

There were a number of good interactions with the police today. At least two vendors were escorted out of the market after selling questionable items. We made a point of thanking them, because these vendors were warned by volunteers earlier that their stuff was not allowed at the market. One vendor was selling clearly tagged items, and another had a bike that was quite suspect. Our volunteers reasonably can not lay a hand on a vendor, so asking them to leave is the limit of our powers. We welcome the help from the VPD to allow us to create an orderly, safe, and family friendly market.

Jacek constructed a number of new carts out of spare parts –  using the HXBIA tool share tools – and they are working great. We were able to lower the weight per cart, and now have three table carts, instead of piling them on two.

Our constantly evolving operation keeps improving and allowing us to build a better market to serve the vendors of the DTES.

In many ways, we believe that we are turning a corner.

With a small boost in operational support for things like private security, improved perimeter fencing, and a proper vendor ID tag system, we know that we can eliminate much of the negative stereotype for our market, and create the tourist attraction that the DTES desperately needs.

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206th DTES Street Market and 20th Street Market of 2014

May 19, 2014 Leave a comment

206th DTES Street Market and 20th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

It was an amazing sunny day.
This was our Victoria Day market.

Like last week, we had an overflow of vendors, and needed to get out our hose and start washing the area around the corner on Cordova St.
We sent some volunteers to check on it at 11:30 and did not see any vendors. By 12:30 we already had an angry email from Steven, the manager of the Van Horne about having to get the hose out himself and chase the binners away. They were blocking the Queen store again.
We took the hose out and made sure that the binners did not come back. A number of exchanges between the coordinators and the Van Horne people suggested that they were happy with the outcome.

We did have an incident with one of the illicit drinkers getting out of hand. We were forced to resolve the issue ourselves.

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