72 HOURS UNTIL THE FATE OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY AT HOGAN’S ALLEY IS DECIDED

Support the establishment of a permanent black legacy and presence in Vancouver

 The City of Vancouver Mayor and Council is holding a Public Hearing Wednesday January 31, on the adoption the Northeast False Creek (NEFC) Plan where they will decide the future of Hogan’s Alley. This proposal presents the city with a unique opportunity to redress the historic displacement of the black community.

 At this meeting, City Council will either:

  1. a) approve the NEFC plan as-is
  2. b) approve the NEFC plan with amendments from the floor
  3. c) refer to staff (which will mean the plan is dead and we lose the Hogan’s Alley Block & Cultural Centre)

Our advice to Council is to “support with amendments” options B

Q: Why you should support the NEFC Plan?

A: The sections pertaining to the Hogan’s Alley Block of the NEFC plan captures the vision created by the black community for the establishment of a permanent black legacy and presence in Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley block!

As you may know, the Hogan’s Alley Working Group has been engaging with the City of Vancouver through the NEFC planning process to advise how the City should address the past displacement of the former Black neighbourhood that occurred during urban renewal.  The work to-date has focused on the East block of Main Street (Sub Area 6D) and a strong vision has emerged that will reassert a Black presence in this area.  The full NEFC plan can be found here.

We have now come to a critical juncture and we need your support and involvement to make the revival of Hogan’s Alley captured in the NEFC plan a reality and we ask everyone to register to speak at the public hearing by clicking here and send a letter to City Council by clicking here.

What parts of the NEFC plan for Hogan’s Alley are working?

We encourage everyone to speak to their personal opinions about what the vision captured in the plan mean to you, offering the following highlights for information.

 The East block of Main St has been designated as the Hogan’s Alley block and is meant to redress the past displacement that occurred to the Black community

  1. It captures the aspirations and dreams for the regeneration of the Black community’s presence through co-designing opportunities for housing, cultural centre, recreational facilities, arts and entertainment facilities, childcare, start-up commercial spaces to address the diverse needs of the community
  2. It states that the City will continue to work with the Black community “to establish the long-term involvement and investment of the Black Community in the future life of the block through the exploration of land trusts, long term leases, or other arrangements as appropriate”. The long-term stewardship of these lands by the Black Community is vital to its success.

 

What parts of the NEFC plan are we asking to be amended?

We recommend the following amendments to the plan and encourage everyone to tell the City to make these changes:

Change: 15.1.4 from: “Target 300 new social housing units to be delivered on the Main Street Blocks, as supported by the Downtown Eastside Plan.”

To: “Target 100% rental housing on the Main Street Blocks consisting of at least 70% below-market rental units which includes the 300 social housing units previously identified in the plan.”

Change Section 4.4.3 from: Continue to work with the Hogan’s Alley Working Group to establish the long-term involvement and investment of the Black Community in the future life of the block through the exploration of land trusts, long term leases, or other arrangements as appropriate.

To: Commit to work with the Hogan’s Alley Working Group to establish the long term involvement and investment of the Black Community in the future life of the block through the exploration of land trusts, long term leases, or other arrangements as appropriate.

Our proposal is consistent with and supportive of commitments to reconciliation and redress to the Indigenous, Chinese, and other to build a more inclusive and just city.

Mission Statement

The Hogan’s Alley Society was formed in response to the absense of black people from the official Vancouver historical narrative. Our primary purpose is to daylight the lives of black people in the city, to provide an avenue through which their voices can be heard both in the past and the present and to articulate our collective desire to create home here.