Vancouver's got an "urban blight": UN
Whatever you think about the UN and its usefulness as a body capable of effecting change, there is no question that they are good at pointing at world problems and saying "That's bad!" The latest in these Captain Obvious moments is a statement about Vancouver's Downtown Eastside:
"It's one of the worst areas of urban blight that I've ever seen and I've travelled all over the world," said Patricia Leidl, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Population Fund.
surprising to hear that we're woefully ignorant of how bad things are
here, I will admit it's a bit shocking to hear "one of the worst in the world").
What I do find most interesting is how quickly the Mayor's office
scrambled to say, "Um, but...we get ranked really highly as a city! For real!"
"Vancouver is a great city. It's constantly rated near the top on a whole bunch of rankings that are done. I think looking at Vancouver on a whole we have a great quality of life," said David Hurford, director of communications for Mayor Sam Sullivan.