Vancouver Sun


- Melissa Hank Honest Ed's

Change is good, right? Well, maybe. And in the case of gen­tri­fi­ca­tion, the an­swer's even murkier. Lulu Wei's doc­u­men­tary There's No Place Like This Place, Any­place tack­les the is­sues that arise when wealthy peo­ple and busi­nesses pour into ex­ist­ing neigh­bour­hoods, dras­ti­cally chang­ing their char­ac­ter.

Wei lived in Mirvish Vil­lage, the Toronto home of Hon­est Ed's dis­count palace, fre­quented by work­ing class im­mi­grants for nearly 70 years. Devel­op­ers bought the build­ing and plan to make it an 800unit lux­ury build­ing.

“I'm fas­ci­nated by how we build our cities and who we're build­ing them for,” says Wei. “And (I) wanted to ex­plore the line be­tween pre­serv­ing the parts of our cities that make them spe­cial while cre­at­ing new spa­ces, since we're in the mid­dle of a hous­ing cri­sis.” The award-win­ning film airs Oct. 8 on CBC.

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