Vancouver Magazine - - Taste -

NEW Five years ago, if most Van­cou­verites were asked to talk about the black com­mu­nity’s his­tory in the city, most would have been hard pressed to say any­thing. But Stephanie Allen, who did her mas­ter’s de­gree re­search on that com­mu­nity in the Si­mon Fraser Uni­ver­sity ur­ban stud­ies pro­gram, has brought that his­toric group back to life. Allen, who works for non-profit hous­ing de­vel­oper Cat­a­lyst, is a leader in the group that is ad­vo­cat­ing for a com­mu­nity cen­tre, busi­ness space and hous­ing to mark the one-time lo­ca­tion of Ho­gan’s Al­ley, at the east­ern end of the viaducts, which the city is plan­ning to de­mol­ish. Her com­bi­na­tion of ide­al­ism and prag­matic skills made her a for­mi­da­ble ne­go­tia­tor dur­ing the city-plan­ning process.

Com­mu­nity Builder Stephanie Allen is part of Ho­gan’s Al­ley So­ci­ety, a group that ad­vo­cates for Van­cou­ver’s black com­mu­ni­ties through the de­liv­ery of hous­ing, so­cial spa­ces, ed­u­ca­tion, health and in­ter­gen­er­a­tional link­age.

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