The Downtown Eastside seen ‘from our eyes’

Chris Alaggia on what he values about his community. Photo by Carlos Tello.

Chris Alaggia on what he values about his community. Photo by Carlos Tello.

In April last year, after spending some time on the streets, Chris Alaggia found a place to live at the Empress Hotel in the Downtown Eastside. Now, more than a year after finding his new home, he says the Empress didn’t only give him a roof to live under, but also a neighbourhood to be part of.

On Saturday, Alaggia found a way that may help him show everyone in the city his own perspective about his community. He enroled in the Hope in Shadows photography contest, where 200 single-use cameras are handed out to DTES residents so they can take photos that reflect the life and feel of the neighbourhood.

The contest gives locals like him a chance to “show our view” of the Downtown Eastside and let others “see it from our eyes,” Alaggia said.

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