Two Different Worlds
In Vancouver for the Roundtable on Poverty and Homelessness meetings this past week, I took opportunity to cross the water and go downtown. Outside eating a bagel breakfast in Yaletown, the city was waking. I saw some BMW’s, Jags and even a Rolls Royse Silver Shadow coming and going in preparation for the day. One billboard for condos particularly struck me, with the scale of prices listed, starting at only $499,000 to $6 million. I wonder what the condo fees are for a six million dollar condo.
Things changed as I headed for the East Side. The route I took didn’t gradually change from rich to poor, it was paff! – Poverty all at once. Extreme and systemic this poverty was unlike any I had ever seen in Canada. Similar elements everywhere, but all dwarfed by the overwhelming intensity of concentration.