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The history of the drug market on Hastings

August 13th, 2008 · 5 Comments

There’s a fascinating historical account by local historian Lani Russwurm on drugs and the Downtown Eastside at the Tyee today. Russworm has dug up some great old material from past decades, including the supposedly golden pre-drug era of the 40s,, 50s, and 60s, about people wringing their hands over the drug problem in Vancouver and “skid row” in particular.

It’s always an educational experience to look back at historical media coverage of Vancouver and discover how many of the issues we think are so contemporary and such an immediate crisis have been around for a good century at least.

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