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The Hastings strip between Dunlevy Avenue and Abbott Street will see transformative change in the years to come via redevelopment, including the imminent launch of a $110-million social housing project at 58 West Hastings. (Photo credit: Vancouver Is Awesome)
The Hastings strip between Dunlevy Avenue and Abbott Street will see transformative change in the years to come via redevelopment, including the imminent launch of a $110-million social housing project at 58 West Hastings. (Photo credit: Vancouver Is Awesome)

B.C. Housing and City of Vancouver own 25 properties over five blocks of Hastings Street, with major redevelopment plans to transform the notorious strip. But is more social housing the answer?

It is, without a doubt, Vancouver’s most desolate strip.

For decades, the five blocks of Hastings Street that run west from the Patricia Hotel at Dunlevy to the Woodward’s development at Abbott have been ground zero for the city’s social problems.

The Crosstown Clinic, an innovative program that provides prescription heroin to clients, will move in October from its location at Abbott and Hastings to one of the spaces; plans are still being finalized on what Providence will operate in the adjacent storefront.

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