"A few dozen cop critics took over Main and Hastings during rush hour Thursday for an anti-police brutality rally. This picture was taken from the roof of the Empress Hotel by Matt Shewchuk. Matt is part of a film crew that’s been following me and other members of the Beat Enforcement Team since September, as part of documentary series about policing in the Downtown Eastside."---the beat cop diary
This area is the shame of beautiful Vancouver, B.C. but this blog by a policeman gives it a more human quality and gives the public an insight into the level of suffering concentrated in that area of town. I wonder if Andrew Carnegie could have imagined one of his beautiful libraries being at the heart of a drug infested slum area? In Vancouver's early days this was a 'nice' part of town.
Vancouver is a beautiful city and that contrast adds to the horror of the Downtown Eastside of the city.