With almost 100 people turning out on February 22nd to engage in dialogue and share perspectives on Hogan’s Alley, it was abundantly clear that there is a high level of interest in learning more about what became of the area that was once home to a small but growing African-Canadian community in Vancouver.
The audience heard from an expert panel of three dedicated activists, Stephanie Allen, Pete Fry, and Anthonia Ogundele, with superb moderation by Lama Mugabo, also a local activist in the DTES and UBC Alumnus. The session explored how a series of developments from the 1930’s onward, culminating in the development of the Georgia & Dunsmuir Viaduct in 1972, destroyed the sense of community and place that Hogan’s Alley provided to the Black community and many other Vancouverites who enjoyed the vibrant and inclusive neighbourhood. Sparked by group discussions, the other question on people’s minds was what will happen to the area when the City of Vancouver tears down the viaducts, drawing dozens of people who want to get more involved in the issues that the Hogan’s Alley Working Group is tackling.
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