East Hastings is the poorest neighbourhood in Canada. The streets are overrun with drug addicts (who have no problem with shooting up in the street) and prostitutes. This neighbourhood is not for the faint of heart. It isn't overall that dangerous, there is a hell of a lot worse places then East Hastings. But when there you should keep on your toes and watch your back. The media really exagerates how bad it is there. It is also the oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver, if junkies, pandhandlers, and prostitutes don't frighten or anger you then East Hastings is the place to be.
Mike: Want to go to East Hastings?
Bill: No way, I don't feel like getting shot.
Mike: Don't be closeminded, only way you will get shot there is if you fuck with the wrong people.