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  • 1. Ginger GreenT00024936HUMS 1581

2. Community: A social group of people who are geographically located in the same area and have access to theresources in this area The way in which individuals in the same vicinitysocialize, connect, and interact with each other 3. Hillside-Quadra Neighborhoodin Victoria, B.C. Borders: Tolmie Street, Cook Street, Blanshard Streetand Bay Street Population: 7,180 Ethnic origins (most commonly cited): English,Canadian, Scottish, Irish, German, French Aboriginal population: 7.1% Marital status: 47.9% single people 10% of the population is bilingual 45% of households earn incomes under 30,000/year 4. Housing 27.3% are single homes 58.6% are apartments 61% are rentals 39% owned In the heart of the community is a large low-income housing complex that provide 184 families with affordable housing. I have lived in this housing complex for the past 7 years. 5. Community Needs/Problems Map The following slides reflect the Hillside-Quadraneighborhoods needs and problems 6. My information and sources My information and sources were gathered by going out into this community and talking to people who live in the neighborhood, local merchants, and community workers. I have chosen to respect their wishes to remain anonymous. I have also gathered my information through the experience of not only being a resident for the past 7 years in this neighborhood but of also frequenting this neighborhood and visiting friends for the past 25 years that I have lived in Victoria. 7. Unemployment and welfarerecipients The Hillside Quadra area is referred to by manypeople in the area (and in the city) as a poorneighborhood with many people unemployed andliving on welfare In the low-income townhouse complex where I liveknown as Evergreen Terrace (previously BlanshardCourts) all families are working poor, living on welfareor disability, or are trying to survive on student loansas students. Many people in the area refer to our complex as slumhousing 8. Domestic violence and broken familiesI was shocked by the number of women that I spokewith in the community who have experienceddomestic violence and are single parents. The majorityof these women were under the age of 30.According to one caretaker in the complex where I live, over 75% of the households are run by a single parent.Several women that I have known in this complex havehad their children taken away by the Ministry ofChildren and Families. 9. Teens The Hillside-Quadra area has many teens that hang outside thecommunity centre and all over the neighborhood. Many people in the community see the teenagers as problems.They see them smoking pot, drinking, getting into fights, andbullying people walking by. Some people I spoke with claim theyare afraid to walk around the neighborhood at night for fear ofbeing attack by the teens. Police cars frequently drive thestreets at night to take care of this problem. Over 20 cameras were installed in the housing complex where Ilive to monitor the teens and other concerns. To prevent the teens from hanging around the old elementaryschool, the citys bright idea was to take out the basketballcourts. 10. Drug Abuse and Alcoholism The Hillside-Quadra neighborhood frequently has peoplehanging out or walking around that are visibly under theinfluence of drugs or alcohol. Occasionally, there areneedles laying in the park or on the sidewalk. To deal withthis problem the city workers clean the park several timesa week. Many transients sit in the park and drink alcohol duringthe day and night. Seems they are not concerned with allthe children playing and perhaps watching what they aredoing. On many occasions I have left the park to take mychildren to another park because of this behaviour. Thepolice asking them to leave and dumping out their alcoholdoes not seem to deter them from coming back. 11. Homelessness While observing, I notice there are a lot of homeless people walking around this neighborhood. Some push shopping carts with all their belongings inside of it. Many homeless people dig through the garbage cans looking for cans and other treasures. To solve this problem many local establishments put locks on the garbage bins in the hopes that these homeless people will move into another neighborhood. However, they just move to other areas in the neighborhood looking for food, cans, warm clothes and other items that people throw out. 12. Crime Many people, including myself, have had items stolen fromour back or front yards. Most people put locks on theirgates now. However, sometimes those are broken off. I talked to several people in the neighborhood who claim tohave their townhouse, house, or apartment broken into.Many blame teenagers, others blame drug addicts,however, when asked if they actually KNOW who brokeinto their house all say no! In the housing complexes and apartments in the Hillside-Quadra area many people claim that because of criminalactivity and unruly teens hanging out in the laundryrooms, most are closed around 4pm. This causes majorproblems for people who work after that hour and do nothave a washer or dryer in their suite. 13. Slum Housing As noted earlier many buildings in this area are considered slum housing. This includes my complex. Many people complain of mold in their homes, mice, moths continuously in their food cupboards, things remaining unfixed, and rats outside. The housing management has done very little to address these complaints. They do however, constantly clean up and fix the outside buildings and surrounding areas so that they appear well kept. 14. Child Neglect One issue that has bothered some people in the community (myselfincluded) is the fact that many parents are free to allow their youngchildren to play outside by themselves or at night. It is not uncommon to see children as young as 3 or 4 to be runningaround in the parks by themselves or with equally young children. I find this disturbing, especially because of the number of successfuland attempted abductions of children in the area (the most famousbeing Michael Dunahee several years ago). I have personally walked children home when they are very young andplaying in the park right outside of my house. Most of the parents Ihave seen while doing this are under the influence of drugs or alcoholand do not seem concerned for their young children. I know of several parents who have been investigated by the Ministry ofChildren and Families on matters such as child neglect. 15. Poverty The Hillside-Quadra area is considered a poorneighborhood in comparison to many neighborhoodsin Victoria. There are many consequences of poverty that are notaddressed effectively in this area. Some of theseconsequences include unemployment, drug andalcohol abuse, crime, child neglect, homelessness, andbroken families. 16. Interactive Walking Tour of HillsideQuadra Area from the Victoria Heritage Foundation Follow this link: http://www.victoriaheritagefoundation.ca/hillsidemap.html 17. Here is a link from the VictoriaHeritage Foundation on the manyArchitectural Styles in the area http://www.victoriaheritagefoundation.ca/hillsidefeat ures.html 18. Features The Hillside- Quadra neighborhood has many interestingfeatures. At the heart of the neighborhood is QuadraVillage which features a mix of retail stores, communityservices, and small office spaces. Quadra Village also features multiculturalism at its finestwith Caribbean, Dutch, Indian, Greek, and Filipino storesand bakeries. The neighborhood also features the citys only independentmovie theatre, The Roxy. There are over 43 acres of parkland, including SummitPark, which showcases rare and protected Garry Oak trees(City of Victoria, p.1). 19. A bit of History an excerpt from About Smith Hill by the Victoria Heritage Foundation The area east of Quadra Street and north of HillsideAvenue rises to the summit of Smiths Hill, also known asThe Rise, Works Rock and Summit Hill. The landscape wasonce covered in Garry Oak meadows except for the swampyland near Hillside and Quadra. This is part of thetraditional territory of the Lekwungen speaking (Songhees)First Nations. They cultivated and harvested the meadowsindigenous camas lily bulbs for a staple food source(Victoria Heritage Foundation, p.1). Here is a link to more interesting info: http://www.victoriaheritagefoundation.ca/hillside-quadrabrochure.pdf 20. Some people may have the perspective that the Hillside-Quadra neighborhood is a slum, poverty stricken, with many problems. However, looking at this area from a positive perspective, there is much to share about this interesting and vibrant community! 21. Community Assets Map This map will show the many features, resources, and community connections for the people who reside in and outside of this area of Greater Victoria. 22. Low income housing complexphoto credit: Ginger Green 23. The many community resources inthe Hillside-Quadra area The following link is to the Hillside-Quadra communitynewspaper article that expresses that the area of Hillside-Quadra has an abundant amount of community resourcessuch as Blanshard Community Centre, CitizensCounselling, BC Schizophrenia Society, Parent SupportServices, Salvation Army, Alzheimers Society, and Inter-Cultural Association. Note: although this article is from 2007, all the associationsstill exist in the neighborhood and the communitynewspaper still circulates monthly. http://www.blanshardcc.com/files/2007-HQN-Spring.pdf 24. Primary Building Blocks The Wark Street Commons Community Garden Project is a run by volunteers in the community in partnership with the Blanshard Community Centre. I take my children to this park everyday. The community garden has fruit, veggies, herbs, and edible flowers for whomever would like to enjoy them. The volunteers include youth, elderly people, low-income citizens, and people from all walks of life and all nationalities. 25. Wark Street Community Gardenphoto credit: Ginger Green 26. W