V.I.A. Podcast Ep. 32: The Last Gang in Town author Aaron Chapman


There was a time in Vancouver’s not too distant past when gangs of teenagers prowled their turf in and around the city’s parks. Not covered by the media to any great extent, these gangs caused trouble for each other and their communities, and the Vancouver Police.

Author Aaron Chapman (Photo by Rebecca Blissett)

The most notorious was the Clark Park Gang, with members behind all sorts of burglaries, muggings, street fights, and more. How did the gang form, and how did the cops bring law and order into these turbulent times? Author Aaron Chapman covers this turf in his book The Last Gang in Town, and he sits down for an interrogation in the hot seat for the V.I.A. Podcast.

In addition to learning about the VPD’s “Heavy Squad,” and how Chapman gained the trust of ex-gang members and retired cops, Bob and Lindsay take some time to talk about present-day hot topics like the plant-based burger at A&W that everyone loves…except a few vegans. They also talk about a Tofino townhouse lottery that could work in Vancouver, a pirate ship for sale, and the very strict rules for a drawing contest run by BC Ferries.

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Show notes for Ep. 32





Produced and hosted by Lindsay William-Ross and Bob Kronbauer.
Additional support from Adam Nanji and Melissa Shaw.
Our Associate Producer is Albert Van Santvoort.
We record in the studio at Glacier Media, 303 West 5th Avenue in Mt Pleasant.
Theme song is Vancouver BC by The Smugglers ©1990, available on iTunes.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom