A few months ago, my husband and I decided to go for a walk in a neighbourhood we knew little about – something we used to do in Montreal (pick a metro station and go). Being born and raised in Regina, there are few neighbourhoods that we haven’t been to, but there are lots that we haven’t spent time in… and Eastview is one of them.
While I am not super familiar with Eastview, I have always thought it was an interesting neighbourhood that I wanted to get to know better. For those less familiar, Eastview is a small neighbourhood (less than one square kilometer in size) nestled in the industrial and warehouse districts of the City.
Because of its unique location, Eastview may seem disconnected from the rest of the city, and in a way it is. It is not particularly easy to walk from Eastview to other neighbourhoods or to most ammenities. Even though it is rated as “somewhat walkable” from walkscore, a number of streets on the western edge of the neighbourhood are effectively dead ends as they meet the City of Regina public works yards. In addition, it is split down the middle by train tracks – during out walk, a small train went through.
To generalize, Eastview is considered a working class neighbourhood: looking at the City of Regina 2001 Neighbourhood Profile, the average household income is ~$33,500/year (~40% incidence of low income), with the top two occupations being sales and services occupations and trades and equipment operators. There are a fair number of single parent families, and for many residents their education level maxes out at grade 12. However, like every neighbourhood, there are exceptions: there are a number of households bringing in over$70,000/year, and quite a few people are working in business, finance, and management occupations.
Anyway, suffice it to say that I am interested in learning more about Eastview and our walk was a nice introduction – we checked out Ross Food Center and Haultain School and I am thoroughly intrigued by the quirky and rough-around-the-edges feeling of the neighbourhood.
I’d love to hear if people have info or stories about Eastview, and I look forward to more walks there.