"gang violence" as in "HA" is so rampant and blatant in Vancouver I really don't care if the governments deemed "acts of sensationalism" is what it takes. Criminal activity bothers me. I've been in bar none twice when HA have come in and done their thing. Fighting and making me feel unsafe enough to leave. Where I work, just last night, we had a large christmas party that we were warned as "associated with organized crime" in the city. The police gang task force came in to basically let the group know that they know where they are and what they are doing so nothing shady went down when all those twats were hammered.
Additionally, there is some prime real estate that is owned by organized crime that I would much rather see go to some commercial or residential development than housing the hookers of seymour street and any crack and heroin addict. If it's a means to an end, it's certainly less invasive to my personal safety and well being than some of the acts of violence I see now and again around town.