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""In a clear and compelling fashion, [A Thousand Dreams is] a case for governments and communities to work together, to think 'outside the box' and to achieve longer-lasting solutions for complex social problems."" -- Vancouver Sun

In this mix of history, journalism, political analysis, and first-person accounts, former chief coroner and Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell, renowned criminologist Neil Boyd, and investigative journalist Lori Culbert, offer a portrait of one of North America's poorest, most drug-challenged neighbourhoods: VancouverÌs Downtown Eastside.

A Thousand Dreams raises provocative questions about the challenges confronting not only Vancouver's Downtown Eastside but also all of North America's major cities and offers concrete, urgently needed solutions, including:

  • Continued support for Insite, the safe injection site
  • Decriminalization of prostitution and drugs
  • The transfer of addiction services to the Health Ministry, allowing detox into the medical system
  • More government-funded SROs and more affordable social housing
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