March 13, 2017

City Conversation: Chinatown Debate – Mar 16


For over a decade the city has worked on a revitalization strategy, with millions in grants to preserve historic clan and society buildings, with goals that are hard to object to. But many disagree with the results so far. Is there a way to revitalize Chinatown and keep its special charm?
To discuss the way forward, our presenters are Doris Chow, co-founder of the Youth Collaborative for Chinatown, and architect and urban designer Bruce Haden, who has twice chaired the City’s Urban Design Panel. Then it is your turn to question, observe, and offer your opinions. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Thursday, 16 March
12:30 – 1:30 pm
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre Room 1600 – 515 West Hastings
Registration is not required but seating is limited. Please try to arrive early to ensure a seat.

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  1. This is a difficult topic to address and I’m glad to SFU is hosting a conversation about it. I deeply love Chinatown, and I appreciate the passion from many of these advocates that are worried about preservation. However, I have to say that I think many of their arguments against many of the developments and revitalization is misguided. Our Chinatown needs new residents to survive and thrive. These new residents may sometimes look different than the old ones, but bringing their children, shopping, and dining to the neighbourhood is a positive thing. We cannot expect things to always stay the same way, and must embrace chance and find a balance to work within it and still moving forward.

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