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Revitalisation et embourgeoisement du Downtown Eastside

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Audio 1 - John Ethier



DJ Joe has lived in the Downtown Eastside for 12 years, and has spent the last 11 years living in the Balmoral Hotel on Main and Hastings. John Ethier, a former fisher, lived at Main and Hastings in the late 1980s.

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Transcript

NARRATOR
DJ Joe has lived in the Downtown Eastside for 12 years, and has spent the last
11 years living in the Balmoral Hotel on Main and Hastings. She remembers the
affordable food at the original Save on Meats.

DJ JOE
Save on Meats had the cheapest restaurant here in the Downtown Eastside. It
had the meat store, you got the bakery, you got your fruit and vegetable stand
too, and then a little restaurant in the back.

NARRATOR
John Ethier, a former fisher, lived at Main and Hastings in the late 1980s. In the
1990s, construction work drew him to Hastings Street again.

JOHN ETHIER
When you went in the front doors, there were two entrances: the seafood was on
the left, produce was on the right, bread was in the back, meat was in the middle,
and the lunch counter, which had two U-shaped things with stools, was right at
the very back with an open kitchen.

I was working on Abbott Street on a construction job. I was there for about six
month, so I used to eat lunch there five days a week.

NARRATOR
John tells us about what he used to order on his lunch breaks in the diner.

JOHN ETHIER
The daily special sometimes, maybe just a burger. Sometimes just a bowl of
soup. I used to like their liver and onions.