Since when were there still massive ghettos in north america?
May 1, 2006 3:20 PM Subscribe
SociopoliticalChatFilter: Why are the destitute down and outs in Vancouver so different to the usual class of beggar/street person I am used to in London?
posted by public to society & culture (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've spent the past week in Vancouver and went for a walk around Main St and Hastings the other day and was shocked by just how bad things seem to be around there. It's like walking through a movie. Literally in line of site of the basically the only police station I've seen there is a massive group of tramps smoking crack outside the Carnegie centre and nobody bats an eye lid.
I know a lot of people who work in social services both in the UK and in Canada and nobody really seems to have an answer to what makes things so much more obvious in Vancouver. The difference between rich and poor is really quite incredible and could probably be reasonably compared to places in South America.
I just want to hear people's opinions on this and any background I might be missing. I know there are systems in place to help clean these people up but they don't seem to do anything that effective from what I've heard. It's not like there isn't a huge amount of money floating around for anyone that wants to go out and get a job.