Photo: Rally against Developer Beedie’s luxury condos at 105 Keefer; credits: Nat Lowe (2017)
The City of Vancouver recognizes the Chinatown Memorial Square is at the heart of Chinatown and is an important location. Hence, the City is planning to redesign the Memorial Square. At this time, the City is collecting public input and suggestions for the project. One of the ways is through an online survey.
After discussion on the project and survey, Chinatown Concern Group members have prepared a Guide to fill out the survey. We hope you will support our demands and this Guide will help you fill out the City’s survey. Fill out the survey now! UPDATE: The last day to complete it is now Wednesday June 16th! (Link: https://shapeyourcity.ca/memorial-square-redesign)
Summary of our Demands:
- The Memorial Square right now is too small, the City needs to Expand the Square. Expanding the Square will affirm the cultural identity of Chinese Canadians and help combat anti-Chinese racism
- We ask that the City acquire the nearby properties, including 105 Keefer and 129 Keefer. These two sites need to be acquired into the hands of the government.
- After expanding the square, the City should seek partnerships with senior levels of government to:
- Further beautify the Square, including a small park and more space for gatherings
- Develop the space for the working-class community including:
- Chinese Canadian Museum
- 100% low-income housing (at welfare and pension rates; including for Chinese seniors)
- An intergenerational multi-use community centre (including a tourist centre)