Omg. You just don't get it do you. It's not your lack of resentment that's so obnoxious, it's your tendency to generalize and judge others because of the area of the city they live in.
Wrong yet again! I prefer to try and judge people by their actions rather than by their appearance or postal code. Many of the down and out types we see in this city are pleasant enough people if you get to talk to them. Some have made some bad choices which cost them dearly in terms of their spot on the social ladder, but they remain basically good people.
Unfortunately, poverty often breeds desperation, and desperate people can be unpleasant and/or unsafe to be around, especially when they congregate in large numbers.
So tell me Vanreal, would you expect to find a higher percentage of desperate and potentially dangerous people on the Westside or the Estside? Simple question but before you answer it, Google "Vancouver Eastside pictures" then Google "Vancouver Westside pictures". It's a simple excercise which should help you see my point.
Once again, lots of decent people live on the Eastside, and it even has some small areas that look like older parts of the Westside, but overall that part of town does have a disproportionately high number of unpleasant, potentially dangerous folks wandering the streets, shooting up in SROs or crowded into vast neighbourhoods of basement suites. The Eastside is also home to Canada's poorest postal code, Vancouver's only "safe injection site" and the highest rate of HIV infection in North America.
If none of that bothers you feel free to live their, but try to understand why it does not suite everybody's tastes or lifestyle. Their are numerous good reasons for the huge and ever growing price gap for homes in East Van versus the Westside, and a lot of it has to do with demographics and incomes.
In fond memory of Taipan, a model of modesty, decency, dignity and tolerance. Long may we all prosper from the tremendous legacy of worldly wisdom and specialized real estate knowledge which he left in the "Arguments" thread.