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A Thousand Dreams Paperback – Sep 28 2009

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Greystone Books; First Edition 1st Printing edition (Sept. 28 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553652983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553652984
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 2010-12-06)

"[A Thousand Dreams] is enjoyable to read and very informative, and anyone interested in the DES in general and the events of the last twenty years in particular should read it...If the DES has a thousand dreams, it also has ten thousand voices." (BC Studies 2011-05-01)

"[A Thousand Dreams] offers a history of the Downtown Eastside, once the glamorous center of Vancouver' s nightlife, to today, when crime, homelessness and the combination of metal illness and drug addiction are thickly woven into the fabric of the neighborhood." (The Province 2009-11-06)

"[A Thousand Dreams] looks at key moments that helped make the Downtown Eastside the way it is today, such as how drug addiction took a turn for the worse in the 80' s and early 90' s, as well as the founding of the nations first supervised injection site." (CKWX-AM 2009-11-08)

"The real take-away from [A Thousand Dreams] is that it provides a close-up look at how the Downtown Eastside, for all its seemingly intractable problems, manages to function like a genuine community, filled with people who have devoted themselves with extraordinary energy to a place they call home, warts and all." (Literary Review of Canada 2010-05-01)

"Thousand Dreams focuses on challenges understood by most Canadians -- ineffective RCMP funding, back-room maneuvering, high-rise developments, Da Vinci's Inquest -- not cat food for dinner, a dirty needle for dessert or a damp parking garage for a bed. The remarkable stories are about the activists, writers, organizers and health professionals who fight for the future of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside." ( 2010-02-11)

About the Author

Lori Culbert is an award-winning journalist with the Vancouver Sun. She has spent years writing about the Downtown Eastside, including the trial of accused serial killer Robert Pickton.

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