Is the DTES a dark, dirty, depressing place? Absolutely.
Is there brightness, beauty, and blessing? Absolutely.
This is a shot of some graffiti that I walk past every morning on my way to breakfast, I love the bright colours. This is not the only art, there are many more murals and graffiti decorating the DTES.
This is a very dark, dirty and depressing place, but there is brightness, beauty and blessing, you just have to keep your eyes, minds, and hearts open to it.