Joe Wai remembers when this city’s Chinatown wasn’t synonymous with danger, drugs and filth. When people weren’t warned to steer clear of the place. Back in the 1970s, businesses thrived. Neon signs illuminated even alleyways, and restaurants remained open all night. “The sidewalks were jammed with people,” says Mr. Wai, a prominent Vancouver architect. “Things were never so good. But it didn’t last.”We all know what happened.
Nicolas Leech-Crier steers his black mountain bike into a fetid laneway, the one he calls Crack Alley. It’s a hot zone for outdoor drug use, here in Vancouver’s troubled Downtown Eastside (DTES). Sure enough, we see used crack pipes scattered about the broken pavement. Yellowed and soiled, potentially tainted with infectious disease. They aren’t a big concern to Leech-Crier. He’s looking for the greater danger: discarded syringes, or “sharps,” used for injecting illicit drugs.
Long before Snuggles took the crown this week as Vancouver’s most famously spared-from-death rat, there was Sniffy, onto whose tiny head performance artist Rick Gibson once planned to drop a heavy concrete block. This to make a point about the frailty of life or something. We’re still not quite sure. Public outrage spared Sniffy from that messy ending; Gibson was chased from the intended execution site by an angry mob. Urban legend? It is not. This city loves a good rat rescue.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".