The focus of the Retail Gentrification and Social Inclusion working group is to ensure that cultural and low income serving businesses in Vancouver's inner city are retained. The group's purpose is to ensure that nonprofits, and low income serving businesses can access affordable commercial space, and to promote greater community ownership of neighbourhood assets through investment vehicles, such as land trusts.
We surveyed the shops and shoppers, residents, and business in the Downtown Eastside. We found that many residents reported feeling isolated and excluded by businesses in the area; and that many businesses were looking for ways to support the local low-income economy. The Eastside Local Card is a way for participating businesses to make their goods and services more accessible to local residents.
For more information about the Eastside Local Card, check out the website.