Wes Regan, executive director of the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association, told the Straight that younger, middle-income earners are being overlooked in the housing debate.
With so much attention on the DTES and the “serious nature of the housing needs that exist there”, he said developers should look at the whole city when considering alternative-housing ideas like microlofts. He noted that would likely involve confronting existing residents’ “NIMBY” attitudes in areas such as Renfrew-Collingwood or Dunbar-Southlands. “Is affordable housing needed for young professionals?” Regan asked. “Absolutely. Is the Downtown Eastside the best place for it? I think that’s the question that we need to grapple with.”