I have heard today that the City is soon to open a much-needed 24-hour homeless shelter in the 1600-block of East Pender.
It will have 40 beds and will operate on a reservation system. Homeless folks will be allowed to bring their pets and their carts. It will offer three meals a day and laundry service. Access will be via the back lane.
There will be a public meeting about the shelter on Tuesday at 5:30pm at the Wise Hall.
During a speech by Stewart Brand in Vancouver in 2010, he showed a video of a market in Thailand that exists on and over active railway lines. He used this to discuss how slum entrepreneurs work their way around problems. Just like a street hockey game that has to disband temporarily on the arrival of a car, I guess someone shouts “Train!” and everyone moves. Amazing!