The co-op is named after Vancouver's four official "sister cities" of Edinburgh, Guangzhou, Odessa and Yokohama. Lyotier's unit is one of 153 in the complex, its three buildings joined by a gated central courtyard designed for children to play in safely.
Twenty eight years after it opened, Four Sisters remains one of the city's largest affordable housing projects, and a case study in resident self-governance. Yet its notable success emerged from an unpromisingly rancourous atmosphere of community activism at the time.
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