Saturday February 1, 2014
The VLA neighbourhood in Prince George is named after the Veterans' Land Act, and was created as a place for soldiers returning from World War II to make their homes.
Today, it has a reputation for crime, gangs, and poverty.
In this special series, Daybreak goes inside one of the most notorious neighbourhoods in British Columbia to get the stories behind the statistics.
By popular request, we have created a podcast version of our entire series for you to download and listen to on your computer, iPod, iPhone, Android, or other portable music player or smartphone.
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About the VLA
The VLA neighbourhood in Prince George is named after the Veterans' Land Act, and was created as a place for soldiers returning from World War II to make their homes. Today, it has a reputation for crime, gangs, and poverty.
It has some of the highest crimes rates in the city dubbed "Canada's Most Dangerous" three years in a row.
It has some of the poorest families in Prince George, and a decade ago was found to be the worst in the province for healthy child development.
The Fraser Institute consistently ranks schools in the VLA near the bottom of its school report.
Average home prices are less than half than in other neighbourhoods in the city.
It also home to many innovative social programs, creative people, and community-minded citizens who are proud to call it home.
In this series we explore both sides of the VLA, and ask what's in its future.
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