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West End memories : how have the residences, social places, and other social activities of West End youth changed over the decades? Lin, Yida


Vancouver’s West End has evolved from an upper class community of single family homes from its earliest days to a densely populated high-rise community that was stated as generally unsuitable for children in a 1969 study. Nevertheless, this has not prevented youth from enjoying full childhoods in the West End, which has retained its strengths as a “magical square mile” in the present day with a diverse community and convenience to Downtown Vancouver. I critically examine two aspects of the West End that no longer exist today, a boy’s memory of Robsonstrasse and prostitution on Davie street from a documentary which showed the struggles of many young people who came to the area in order to make ends meet.

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