Supporting low-income artists
As part of the CED Hub, we're also considering how to support low-income artists at Pigeon Park through community-based arts- and cultural events.
To do this, we're working with cultural organizations to develop a plan based on the 2006 DTES Public Realm Program Plan.
That community-based planning process was designed to bring forward arts program- and event ideas for the DTES public realm.
This work will help the DTES Street Market transition to the CED Hub.
We aim to:
The 2014 DTES Plan identifies the need for a permanent, legal, and safe vending site, like the CED Hub, for the street market to operate.
For low-income residents, the plan prioritizes economic development through social enterprise, local hiring, and providing opportunities for those in the survival economy.
Street vending is an important part of the survival economy, along with binning for recyclables.
Many residents receive social assistance – $610 per month for a single person – and need to supplement these earnings with vending, volunteering, and sharing.
While the DTES has many assets in its people and businesses, it also has the:
Over 5,000 people were consulted during the creation of the DTES Plan, including residents from all backgrounds.
Most supported the plan's directions for the local economy, including the survival economy.
The hub's future social housing component will help meet the plan's objective to create 4,400 new social housing units in the DTES in thirty years.
|2015||We consider viable legal vending options and scope options for vending sites to secure a permanent market site in the DTES. We also identify the need for vendor connections to outreach and programming, and referral to social enterprises.|
|2014||The DTES Street Market Association improves market security and management with vendor registration, security guards, and additional volunteers.|
|2014||A court decision rules in our favour, stating that our street vending bylaw doesn't violate the constitutional rights of street vendors.|
|2014||The DTES Social Impact Assessment describes the need for informal economies in vulnerable populations.|
|2014||City Council approves the DTES Plan to guide positive change, development, and public benefits in the area.|
|2012||The DTES Street Market Society operates 62 E Hastings as a tool library and maker space in partnership with Hastings Crossing BIA.|
|2010||We enable the street market on Carrall Street between Hastings and Cordova, in order to provide safe, legal vending for low-income DTES residents and prevent ticketing.|
|2009||We review our ticketing process after organizations complain about police enforcement of street vending bylaw in the DTES.|