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London, England, United Kingdom
September 5, 2011
From journal The beautiful Vancouver
Los Angeles, California
August 30, 2007
Although the name might sound odd at first Gas Town got its start after the English sailor "Gassy" Jack Deighton settled the area. When I told people at the front desk of my hotel that I wanted to go to Gas Town I was given two warnings, don’t go in the early morning and second, don’t go at night. Their warnings weren’t without merit. Prior to the '70s Gas Town was home to Vancouver’s skid row.
Taking their advice I went after 9am, which was a perfect time because the area wasn’t busy yet. I quickly found out that there is really nothing more than souvenir shops, Victorian buildings, and cobble stone streets there. Its biggest attraction is the steam clock located on the corner of Water and Cambie Street. Every 15 minutes it lets out steam similar to that of a Steam train. However, the clock isn’t powered by steam at all, it’s an electric clock. I turned into a Starbucks next to the clock, where I got a cup of coffee and enjoyed the "show."
Gas town is a fun place to go if you are a tourist and are looking for survivors like a moose wearing a Canadian souvenir or a shirt that say "My friend went to Canada and all I got was this stupid shirt." It only worth and hour or two of anyone’s time to tour the area.At night there is a truly different side to Gas town. Although I did feel comfortable in the area around the clock but beyond that it was dangerous in my eyes, especially when you cross the train tracks. In the time that I was in Vancouver I had to pass through this area at night to get to the docks where I was working on a cruise ship. Each time I was with a large group of people (25+) and was still harassed by people on the street. At night Gas Town turns into skid row. I had the misfortune of being there on the Friday that welfare checks were passed out and witness more than one person shooting up on the street, tweaking out, and even one person passed out with a needle in their arm. Later I started to take taxis to avoid this area, but found it hard to find a lot of drivers who were even willing to go though this area.
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