Once upon a time…
DTES Today
Revitalization Without Displacement
(aka Inclusive Revitalization)
 2004 Revitalization Strategy
 The Vancouver Agreemen...
Not bad….but
 Top down heavy bureaucratic approach could have been
more inclusive
 Millions of dollars invested in proje...
What may have had more impact
accelerating change
Didn’t you get the memo?
 2010 Federal Government reprioritized
economic development funding away from
urban to rural rid...
A Blessing in Disguise?
The Downside of the RFP Model
 What other models are out there funding-wise that we
could apply i...
Get Entrepreneurial
 Found a new BIA with social innovation at its core
 Provides us 5 years of a guaranteed non-competi...
A fast changing & politically charged area
(to say the least)
 2013 concerns about gentrification and displacement
reach ...
So what’s a new BIA to do?
 Invest in people first
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
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



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Partnerships
Collaboration
Consultation
Dialogue
Bu...
Change the conversation
Change the channel away from the dominant black
and white narrative
leverage the new entrepreneurial
focus of non-profits

 Intensely collaborative approach to program development
 Social ...
Programming creates jobs for
residents with barriers
 MP Neighbours Community Patrols - Crime
prevention, street debris r...
But still we get attacked and
slagged by some
Impact of MP Neighbours
 Sep 2012-Nov 2013
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
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

Needles and street debris removed – 5650 items
Illegal dumpings repor...
We’re collaborating with a lot of others too…
 Partnerships we’ve created and community organizations we’ve
collaborated ...
Also working with SMEs on social
impact and inclusion
New business attraction and retention supports to assist
SMEs and property owners in general
Addition of SpaceList – comprehensive
commercial lease aggregator
Addition of map-based and social media
integrated business directory
Striving for brand authenticity
 Inspired by the existing built environment, edginess & counterculture history
not trying...
Use of imagery in social media strategy to
associate our brand by “feel” & “resonance”
Investing in the human and
cultural capital of our area
 Numerous and ongoing networking events, guest
speakers, dialogue...
Networking, dialogue, performance,
community building – outdoor
Networking, dialogue, performance,
community building – indoor

Two cats
high-fiving

While also investing in the
physical capital of our area
Investing in human capital while investing
in physical capital, that’s the stuff!

Incremental steps to public realm impro...
But back to the anti-gentrification
folks for a minute…
 CCAP (Carnegie Community Action Project)
 DTES Not for Develope...
Popular conflict theory narrative
 Restaurants and high-end stores are “foot soldiers” or
“paratroopers” in the battle fo...
Community Economic Development
Social Capital Theory
 Communities that build social capital across strata are more
resili...
Policy can be more powerful than
the purse
 Improving flexibility for approved uses

 Multiple business types sharing sp...
Businesses are interested in social
impact and inclusion
 We can leverage renewed interest in the DTES

 We can support ...
Vancouver a tough town to raise capital in
We want to grow these social ventures and support these
social entrepreneurs fo...
Thank you
 Wes Regan, Executive Director
 604-805-3591 wes.regan@hxbia.com
 www.hxbia.comwww.shapecontent.com
Hastings Crossing BIA - Social Innovation, Social Inclusion and the Tensions of Urban Development
Hastings Crossing BIA - Social Innovation, Social Inclusion and the Tensions of Urban Development
Hastings Crossing BIA - Social Innovation, Social Inclusion and the Tensions of Urban Development
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Hastings Crossing BIA - Social Innovation, Social Inclusion and the Tensions of Urban Development

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Forming a new Business Improvement Area in a low-income community (that's in the midst of developmental pressures and change) takes careful consideration, collaboration and a unique approach to program development. Concerns of gentrification and displacement are valid as new businesses and new forms of development change the makeup of the retail mix and cultural experience of these urban communities. The arrival of new businesses, the growth of social enterprise and renewed interest in these areas can also be leveraged though. This presentation examines the creation and early programming focus of the Hastings Crossing BIA (formed in 2011) as it considered how best to go about supporting businesses and property owners, but in a way where culturally appropriate and socially inclusive programming would not further alienate or discriminate against low-income residents who showed concern for such things as policing of public spaces, criminalization of poverty, displacement and loss of local community assets.

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Hastings Crossing BIA - Social Innovation, Social Inclusion and the Tensions of Urban Development

  1. 1. Once upon a time…
  2. 2. DTES Today
  3. 3. Revitalization Without Displacement (aka Inclusive Revitalization)  2004 Revitalization Strategy  The Vancouver Agreement      Façade Grants Olympic Village CBA Business and Social Enterprise Development Supported Employment Building Opportunities with Business Inner-City Society
  4. 4. Not bad….but  Top down heavy bureaucratic approach could have been more inclusive  Millions of dollars invested in projects and programs but not a long-term strategy  Some Successes     Façade Grant Program Social Enterprise and SME Loan Fund SOLEfood, Save On Meats, Olympic Village CBA Supported Employment Program
  5. 5. What may have had more impact accelerating change
  6. 6. Didn’t you get the memo?  2010 Federal Government reprioritized economic development funding away from urban to rural ridings regions  Vancouver Agreement comes to an end…
  7. 7. A Blessing in Disguise? The Downside of the RFP Model  What other models are out there funding-wise that we could apply in the DTES where we didn’t have to snake our friends and allies for RFPs or grants?  How could we better tap into the free market and leverage a renewed interest in investing in the DTES for social impact?
  8. 8. Get Entrepreneurial  Found a new BIA with social innovation at its core  Provides us 5 years of a guaranteed non-competing budget to leverage  Could turn people’s heads (Media, potential businesses, NY – IDA, academics)  Develop BIA programming that is both culturally relevant to the area and inclusive oflocal population (not focused on social mix or gentrification as much as social capital generating and social inclusion/social impact)  Leverage the new social-entrepreneurial direction of both nonprofits and SMEs  Building Opportunities with Business Incubated and aided Hastings Crossing BIA in forming
  9. 9. A fast changing & politically charged area (to say the least)  2013 concerns about gentrification and displacement reach a fever pitch  Anti-Gentrification Movement (anti-capitalist movement)
  10. 10. So what’s a new BIA to do?  Invest in people first          Partnerships Collaboration Consultation Dialogue Build social capital No big physical changes (shocks) Events, events, events Dispel misinformation Clear communications & engagement strategy
  11. 11. Change the conversation
  12. 12. Change the channel away from the dominant black and white narrative
  13. 13. leverage the new entrepreneurial focus of non-profits  Intensely collaborative approach to program development  Social Innovation embedded in our constitution and bylaws  Combine a strict focus on both “ value for money” and “social impact” or “social return on investment”
  14. 14. Programming creates jobs for residents with barriers  MP Neighbours Community Patrols - Crime prevention, street debris removal, business and property owner support
  15. 15. But still we get attacked and slagged by some
  16. 16. Impact of MP Neighbours  Sep 2012-Nov 2013     Needles and street debris removed – 5650 items Illegal dumpings reported to COV – 667 cases De-escalated hostile situations – 132 incidents 9 Part-Time flexible jobs created for residents with barriers  COV Police Foundation now interested in our MP Neighbours Program Stream as those 78 incidents deescalated often involve someone with a mental health barrier in need of local resources…think of the tax dollars this saves by avoiding VPD calls
  17. 17. We’re collaborating with a lot of others too…  Partnerships we’ve created and community organizations we’ve collaborated and/or consulted with to develop our programming Vancouver Public Spaces Network, Space to Place, Strathcona BIA, W2, Inner City Safety Society, Downtown Vancouver Association, Climate Smart, Our Social Fabric, Indian Summer Festival, Word on the Street (now Word), Central City Foundation, Recipes for Success, DTES NeighbourhoodHouse, Portland Hotel Society, UBC Forestry, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council, Pigeon Park Street Market, VANDU (Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users), Ninja Training, Ray Cam, Carnegie Community Centre, Mission Possible, ALIVE, UBC SCARP – School for Community And Regional Planning, Fast Track to Employment, EMBERS, East Side Artists Company, WISH, Vancouver Board of Trade, DTES Round Table, SFU, The HiVE, LOCO BC, Potluck Café and Catering, Open Door Group, HAVE Café, Our Place, Strathcona Residents Association, GastownBIA, StrathconaBIA, Climate Smart, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Challenge, Heritage Foundation of Vancouver, Work BC, Vancouver Economic Commission, SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development, SFU Public Square, Healing Cities Institute, Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver BIA Partnership, City of Vancouver , Vancouver Heritage Foundation, an more…
  18. 18. Also working with SMEs on social impact and inclusion
  19. 19. New business attraction and retention supports to assist SMEs and property owners in general
  20. 20. Addition of SpaceList – comprehensive commercial lease aggregator
  21. 21. Addition of map-based and social media integrated business directory
  22. 22. Striving for brand authenticity  Inspired by the existing built environment, edginess & counterculture history not trying to reinvent or encourage disneyfication of the area
  23. 23. Use of imagery in social media strategy to associate our brand by “feel” & “resonance”
  24. 24. Investing in the human and cultural capital of our area  Numerous and ongoing networking events, guest speakers, dialogue  Free events in public spaces
  25. 25. Networking, dialogue, performance, community building – outdoor
  26. 26. Networking, dialogue, performance, community building – indoor Two cats high-fiving 
  27. 27. While also investing in the physical capital of our area
  28. 28. Investing in human capital while investing in physical capital, that’s the stuff! Incremental steps to public realm improvements
  29. 29. But back to the anti-gentrification folks for a minute…  CCAP (Carnegie Community Action Project)  DTES Not for Developers  Anti-Poverty Committee  Anti-Gentrification Front  MAWO  The Mainlander, Vancouver Indie-Media Co-op, Rabble.ca *A fundamental ideological divide between a conflict based anticapitalist perspective and a social capital building community economic development perspective and an outright market focused development perspective (terra nullius, carte blanche, tabula rasa etc.)
  30. 30. Popular conflict theory narrative  Restaurants and high-end stores are “foot soldiers” or “paratroopers” in the battle for our streets, our public spaces, our city etc.  They “make it safe” for developers and others in the wealthiest strata of society to displace low-income  Developers likewise take risks to remake spaces in the interest of higher income earners and capitalist culture  The DTES is a low-income community and it should remain so. By resisting new businesses it mitigates further development (in theory)
  31. 31. Community Economic Development Social Capital Theory  Communities that build social capital across strata are more resilient, able to change, able to leverage new opportunities  We need to ensure that our properties create spaces that ensure a range of income levels are being served (ownership matters)  Community Development Corporations, Land Trusts, Social Impact Bonds, Social Enterprise, all leverage markets but for social impact so the market can have negative externalities but we can also create positive ones too  Not all “land lift” needs to cascade into a totalizing transformation of communities – we need to seek a balance and retain local low-income assets but we can’t let other assets deteriorate in the process
  32. 32. Policy can be more powerful than the purse  Improving flexibility for approved uses  Multiple business types sharing space (co-working)  Permit and license delays  Inconsistency with COV staff and departments  COV procurement policy (buy local)  Industrial Lands Strategy  Retail Strategy for Hastings and other Commercial Corridors
  33. 33. Businesses are interested in social impact and inclusion  We can leverage renewed interest in the DTES  We can support SMEs in hiring locally and in providing goods and services that are needed and wanted by the more than 12,000 low-income residents who call the DTES home  We can raise the profile of social impact purchasing with larger purchasers (support non-profits and social enterprises or social impact businesses that hire residents, including residents with barriers)
  34. 34. Vancouver a tough town to raise capital in We want to grow these social ventures and support these social entrepreneurs for their impact in the DTES
  35. 35. Thank you  Wes Regan, Executive Director  604-805-3591 wes.regan@hxbia.com  www.hxbia.comwww.shapecontent.com

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