Cut the CRAP! Stop the mass rezoning of Chinatown! 停止摧毀華埠!制止市府將華埠變成高價區!

wp-1486351773576.jpgThe City of Vancouver is proposing to gentrify Chinatown through a mass rezoning plan called the CRAP (Chinatown Economic Revitalization Action Plan).

The CRAP will open the floodgates for condo development in Chinatown, raising rents, increasing evictions, and accelerating the displacement of the neighbourhood’s most vulnerable residents and small businesses.

The CRAP proposes drastically increasing building heights (up to 150 feet tall, or 14 stories) and building frontages (up to 200 feet wide), while gutting the existing public consultation process of open houses and public hearings. If the CRAP passes City Council, projects like the 12-story 105 Keefer condo development would not be required to undergo zoning review or public consultation at all.

Instead of approving the CRAP, the City should implement policies to honour the history of Chinatown by ensuring that the neighbourhood remains permanently affordable and welcoming to seniors, workers, and low-income people of all backgrounds.

Sign this letter to tell Mayor Gregor Robertson, City Council, and City staff to:

  • Reject the mass rezoning plan (“CRAP)” for Chinatown;
  • Commit to engaging the existing community, especially low-income residents and small businesses, in preparing a new area plan for Chinatown that will stop further gentrification and displacement; and
  • Implement policies put forward by Chinatown residents, including the demands of Chinatown Concern Group.

Chinatown Concern Group’s demands:

  1. Do not permit any more market-rate developments in Chinatown until the number of new social housing units being developed in the neighbourhood matches the number of new market-rate housing units
  2. Zone Chinatown as a single, unified district
  3. Designate Chinatown as a Heritage Conservation Area
  4. Require that at least 50% of the gross floor area of new developments in Chinatown be for social housing
  5. Define social housing in Chinatown as units rented at no more than the maximum welfare or pension shelter allowance or 30% of OAS/GIS income
  6. Limit building heights to a maximum of 50 feet tall (with 100% social housing projects considered separately)
  7. Limit building frontages to a maximum of 50 feet wide (with not-for-profit developments considered separately)
  8. Meet the community demands for 105 Keefer Street:
    • Reject the rezoning application by Beedie Living
    • Direct the City to acquire the 105 Keefer Street site in partnership with the Provincial and Federal governments
    • Provide 100% social housing on the site, with rents not to exceed the maximum welfare or pension shelter allowance or 30% of OAS/GIS income
    • Provide an intergenerational, multi-use community space, with an emphasis on serving seniors
  9. Support culturally appropriate Chinatown retail through business-friendly policies such as property tax deductions or other subsidies
  10. Prohibit chain stores (such as has been done in San Francisco Chinatown)

介紹新關注組社區組織者:何盈欣! Introducing CCG’s new staff community organizer: 何盈欣 Beverly Ho!

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(English below)

大家好!我叫何盈欣,我跟唐人街關注組工作非常感謝!我當義工參加了關注組一年左右,而跟別的社區小組組織 (華埠行動小組及青年長者合作組)。我今年跟關注組成員過得很快樂,結識了新朋友,爲了保護唐人街的低收入生意及居民。我知道這一份工作不容易,但是我很興奮跟關注住一起奮鬥,壯大力量!

Hi everyone! My name is 何盈欣 Beverly Ho, and I’m so honored and happy to be on staff with the 唐人街關注組 Chinatown Concern Group! I’ve been involved with the group for around a year now, as well as with 青年長者合作組 Youth for Chinese Seniors and 華埠行動小組Chinatown Action Group. Getting to know CCG has been amazing; their superstar personalities, struggles, values, and victories! I know it’ll be challenging and hard work, but I’m excited to be learning and growing and fighting with Concern Group and CCAP!

招聘啟事: 華人社區組織者 | Job Posting: Chinese Community Organizer

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加麗基社區行動計劃誠聘一名雙語(英文及廣東話)的華人社區組織者來與唐人街關注組成員共同努力去建立一個以低收入勞工階層社群為中心的華埠社區。這包括培訓勞工階層社區成員的領導能力在他們的社區為反對貴族化和爭取可負擔房屋而戰。
The Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) is hiring a bilingual Chinese community organizer to work with Chinatown Concern Group (CCG) members to build towards a Chinatown that centres on its low-income working-class community. This includes building the leadership of working-class community members in the fight for their neighbourhood, against gentrification and for affordable housing.

這是每週三天的職位,為期至少兩年,時薪$23。This is a three day per week position ($23/hr) for at least 2 years.

詳情請看這裏。 See here for full details.

“How Discrimination Shapes What Your City Looks Like”

May, 29, 2016 – attn:

America’s cities may be home to individuals belonging to thousands of cultural groups and myriad socioeconomic statuses. But these urban centers are surprisingly no melting pot. As Nate Silver pointed out in several infographics,diverse cities are often the most segregated, especially at the neighborhood level.

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To add to this gloomy reality, today’s urban developers often use subtle tactics to keep cities economically and racially divided. “The fair housing laws passed in the last half-century have forced racists to devise whole new methods of discrimination, subtler but serving the same purpose: to keep people of color out of ‘white’ spaces,” author Daniel Kolitz wrote on the online culture publication Hopes & Fears.

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“Vancouver’s Chinatown evolves but taste buds endure at Maxim’s”

May, 20, 2016 – The Globe and Mail

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The waitress at Maxim’s Restaurant raises her eyebrows. We are already picking at a massive plate of fried rice with diced Chinese duck, sausage and bacon. Now we would like to try black pepper beef and Portuguese curry chicken.

“Maybe you would like …” she points to the lunch special.

Yes, it’s a good deal – only $9.95 for a set meal that includes a dinner roll, cream of broccoli soup, fried spaghetti or pork and gravy, plus coffee or tea. But it is the pepper beef and curry chicken that we came for.

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“Here’s why Chicago’s Chinatown is booming, even as others across the U.S. fade”

May, 13, 2016 – Chicago Tribune

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One of the first things Chinese immigrant Sau Fung Lam did upon arriving in Chinatown 24 years ago was go to the local grocery store to try to buy an apple.

She approached the grocer and opened her mouth, as if the English words she didn’t know would, by some miracle, slip out. They didn’t. So she instead formed a circle with her fingers and thumbs, a gesture the grocer seemed to understand.

She was handed a large onion.

Since Lam moved from East China to Chicago in the early 1990s, Chinatown has flourished from a community that was partially Chinese where residents mostly spoke English into one where Lam can easily communicate in Chinese. Most businesses, restaurants and agencies operate bilingually, since the majority of residents speak a Chinese dialect, and nearly 65 percent are foreign-born, experts say.

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“促暫停華埠開發 先評估影響 先僑碑旁建高樓再遭青年團體反對”

2016-05-13 – 明報

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【明報專訊】華埠先僑紀念碑旁興建商住大廈的第三個方案提出後,再次遭到一批青年團體反對,這些團體還要求市府在作出社會衝擊評估(social impact study)之前,叫停華埠所有商業樓房的開發計劃。

華埠奇化街(Keefer St.)105號地皮興建大樓的第三個規劃,在4月15日呈交溫哥華市府,細節在市府網站刊出,隨後支持與反對的聲音便此起彼落。

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齊來參與唐人街關注組! Get Involved with the Chinatown Concern Group!

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如果我們想見到華埠將來光明及更公平,你必須一齊參與! 現在我們需要人加入以下的團隊。無論你是說英語或唐話,也有方式你可以參與關注組!

In order for us to build a more equitable and brighter future for Chinatown, we need you to get involved!  At this time, this is how you can get involved. Regardless of whether or not you speak English or Chinese, there are ways you can get involved!

請查看這 “齊來參與“ 網頁來知道你怎樣能夠與唐人街關注組共同合作為改善華埠!

Check out this “Get Involved” page for ways you can join the work of the Chinatown Concern Group to beter Chinatown!

“一娴:唐人街衰落,因为华人移民太多了”

2016-03-22 – 观察者网

据新闻网站Vocativ报道,根据美国人口普查局最近的社区调查报告显示,从2009年到2014年,住在曼哈顿中国城的华裔数量从4.7万下跌到了3.8万。越来越多的华裔选择搬离唐人街,唐人街这个交织着乡愁和希望的地方,如今逐渐淡出华人们的视野,未来甚至可能仅仅是一个名称。

唐人街的历史可以追溯到17世纪,清朝才子纳兰性德在《渌水亭杂识》就写到“日本,唐时始有人往彼,而居留者谓之‘大唐街’”。19世纪,华人开始登陆旧金山,在异国他乡谋生需要互相帮扶,加之当时美国对有色人种的歧视,华人只能向美国人租房子做生意建会馆,形成华人聚集之处,美国人称之为(China Town),华人自称为“唐人街”。唐人街可以说是美国第一代移民历史的重要标志。

1951年,美国旧金山唐人街

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關於我們 About Us

唐人街關注組:

-大多數是唐人街華裔居民
-加麗基社區中心協會屬下的其中一组
-我們看到華埠現在變化很快。華埠越來越不像華埠,而在華埠的華人社群將被邊緣化。所以我們組織一起,透過開會、討論及行動來保護唐人街
-我們關心華埠的未來可負擔性及想見
更多低收入房屋及長者屋在唐人街

我們發起了這請願書運動要求立即停止所有在唐人街的市場發展計劃,直至有廣泛的社區諮詢以及有明確的政策去保護未來溫哥華唐人街。

Chinatown Concern Group
– Mainly consists of Chinese residents of Chinatown and Downtown Eastside
– A group under the Carnegie Community Centre Association
– We see that Chinatown is changing very rapidly. Chinatown is looking less and less like Chinatown and the Chinese community in Chinatown is being marginalized. Therefore we organize together, through meetings, discussions, and action, to protect Chinatown
– We are concerned about Chinatown’s future affordability and want to see more low-income housing and seniors housing in Chinatown.

We initiated a petition campaign calling for an immediate moratorium on all new market development projects in Chinatown until there is comprehensive community consultation and clear policies to protect the future of Vancouver’s Chinatown.

https://chinatownconcerngroup.wordpress.com/about/