June, 11, 2016 – Edmonton Journal (Video + Article)
Dr. Donald Yung wears a T-shirt declaring his love of Calgary’s Chinatown at a Saturday conference in Edmonton looking at the future of Chinatowns in big cities. SHAUGHN BUTTS / POSTMEDIA
Lan Chan-Marples thinks Edmonton’s Chinatown can learn some lessons from Chicago.
More than 100 years ago, before the term “gentrification” existed, residents of the Illinois city’s Chinatown were displaced thanks to rising property values.
The neighbourhood relocated, but after a few decades, an interstate highway roared through and residents lost their only recreational facility.
The community spent the next 50 years trying to recover.