Ugh, prefer the Tim Hortons here. Though the coffee is grovel (better than your resident starbucks though :D).
MLK seems tame next to Gastown here (highest poverty rate area in Canada). Once I missed the bus and had to run though the whole area because I couldn't stand there and wait for more than 30 min. Got "hugged" several times, if you catch my drift.
Eh, doesn't sound fun. Either way, we'll all be sporting about $1k of gear, give or take (you guys are more, me less :D) so I'd like to avoid as much sketchiness as possible.