Doppel was one of those stories that came to me quickly. Partly because I was taking a class at the time and the muse works overtime when there are professors assigning deadlines. And partly because the story was salvaged from the cutting room floor.
The Boat People takes place partly in Vancouver and one of the main characters lives in the Downtown Eastside. I became obsessed with the ecology of that neighbourhood. Historically downtrodden and drug addled, Carrall and Hastings is undergoing some pretty serious gentrification. There is a movement of bodies as the long term residents are getting squeezed into a smaller space and increasingly pushed out.
It's an important and interesting story but it was too much of an aside for the novel so it got dropped. Fortunately, I delete NOTHING and was able to re-work much of what was lost into Doppel.