Remember when the area of False Creek that houses the Olympic Village was an semi-industrial wasteland?
Then we all pitched in and built an enormous number of high end condos at taxpayer expense.
Now everything is awesome.
…With the exception of a few problems.
It’s a busy Vancouver neighbourhood, that according to residents is riddled with problems reminiscent of the Downtown Eastside.
Police have been called to one building 215 times since May and that is more than 30 times a month, more than one call every day.
On Friday a cab driver was robbed in broad daylight and threatened with a needle.
The Olympic Village was marketed to families, retirees and young professionals. Some social housing was always on the table but condo owners say they did not bargain for this.
“I’ve seen an unfortunate drop in the cleanliness in the area because of random pets that people have,” says one resident. “There’s definitely a lot of garbage that has been left on the street, and graffiti, some people sleep on the stoops outdoors.”
“It’s become quite strange.”
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