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Hip meets heritage in Vancouver, Canada's revitalizing Gastown, Railtown and Chinatown

Hip meets heritage in Vancouver, Canada's revitalizing Gastown, Railtown and Chinatown

Tucked alongside the city's forest of gleaming glass towers are three historic neighborhoods that had been overlooked until recently.

These neighborhoods, the city's oldest, had fallen into disrepair and were home to those struggling to survive in one of Canada's poorest postal codes. Gastown is Vancouver's birthplace; Railtown boomed as the warehouse district for the transcontinental Canadian Pacific Railway, which was completed in 1885; and Chinatown was the hub for many of the 15,000 Asian immigrants who helped construct that nation-building line.

Now collectively called Downtown Eastside, or DTES, they were Vancouver's epicenter at the turn of the 20th century before it...

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