“The war over the future of Calgary’s Chinatown”

May, 28, 2016 – Globe and Mail

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All eyes were on Chinatown Calgary this month as the community fought back against plans for a 27-storey development pegged for the largest vacant lot in the community. Chinatown’s existing Area Redevelopment Plan hasn’t been updated in 30 years, but with three more developers drawing up plans for the neighbourhood, it’s now getting some much needed attention.

“Policy documents like this should be reviewed every five years,” says Terry Wong, spokesman for Chinatown’s recently founded Business Revitalization Zone, “so it’s 25 years overdue.”

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“我們的家園不能等待”運動: 繪畫行動! Our Homes Can’t Wait: Paint-in!

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時間:週六,5月21日,上午11點到下午2點
地點:58 號西喜士定街(58 W Hastings St. Vancouver(“海陸空”對面)
活動:多個組織及團體演講講員,音樂,以及共同參與在牆壁上以文字,圖畫等形式表達社區對可負擔房源的訴求。有少量免費食物供應

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“Chinatown residents reach deal with landlord accused of trying to force out low-income tenants”

May. 10, 2016 – New York Daily News

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Public Advocate Letitia James attended a protest against landlord Joseph Betesh with his tenants on Tuesday.

A tentative deal reached Tuesday will spare 27 low-income immigrant families in two Chinatown buildings from eviction, the Daily News has learned.The settlement between residents of 83 and 85 Bowery and buildings owner Joseph Betesh revolves an angry and escalating dispute over the properties.

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“Story of cities #38: Vancouver dumps its freeway plan for a more beautiful future”

May, 9, 2016 – The Guardian 

In the 1960s, Vancouver’s historic downtown was at risk of being razed for modern road projects – only for an extraordinary protest movement to turn the tide, helping transform it into one of North America’s most ‘liveable’ cities

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Vancouver’s proposed freeway would have separated the city, shown here in 1971, from its harbour waterfront. Photograph: Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Half a century on, Shirley Chan can still picture the freeway that would have destroyed her old neighbourhood. “Three storeys high; eight or 10 lanes of traffic … you can imagine the dead zone along here,” she says, indicating with a sweep of her arm the swathe it would have cut through Chinatown and across Vancouver’s historic downtown east side.

In the 1960s, Chinatown was a vibrant, messy place. The sidewalks spilled over with fishmongers and fruit sellers. There were mom-and-pop grocery stores, benevolent societies, dim sum places, gambling parlours – even the alleyways had restaurants.

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華埠惹爭議柏文 發展商堅持建13層 再修訂計劃 被學者批評換湯不換藥

2016-05-03 – 星島日報

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卑詩省一個地產發展商周一宣布,已經就惹起爭議的溫哥華華埠高廈發展項目「105 Keefer」,向溫市政府提交第二份修訂方案,其中會進一步減少柏文單位數量,提供公眾文化空間及長者屋單位等,樓高將維持13層不變,但靠近中山公園那面則減至11層,更指獲得多個華埠組織的支持。對此,一直認為在該處建高層柏文將嚴重破壞華埠景觀的卑詩大學(UBC)歷史系教授余全毅稱,方案是「換湯不換藥」,仍然是不可以接受(詳另文)。

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“Chinatown Tenants Make Legal Breakthrough Agaainst Millionaire Slumlord”

Apr. 22, 2016 – Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower Eastside

Following last week’s protest of three hundred Chinatown and Lower East Side residents, workers and supporters, the 83 & 85 Bowery tenants have made a breakthrough in holding their landlord Joseph Betesh accountable for allowing the buildings to fall into disrepair.
Yesterday, a housing court
judge ordered the 83 & 85 Bowery landlord to repair major violations including a sloping staircase and sloping floors within 60 days. If the repairs are not
done, the landlord could face arrest and jail time.

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ExplorAsian Festival 2016

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In Canada, the month of May is officially recognized as Asian Heritage Month to acknowledge the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to Canada.
Tons of events in ExplorAsian 2016 – check out the festival program here

Of special mention in the program is our friends at Chinatown Action Group is organizing a study and discussion on the legacy of the revolutionary Asian Pacific American movement on May 3, 2016 at 6:00pm at Hua Foundation, 418 East Hastings.

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Serve the People: A study and discussion on the legacy of the revolutionary Asian Pacific American movement

A generation of Asian American activists in the 1960s arose from workingclass
communities to transform US society. What can we learn from this
history today?

Facebook Event Page here

“卡城華埠地皮發展 押後至年底審議 動議通過 盼解決社區分歧”

2016-04-12 – 星島日報

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卡加利華埠一幅大型地皮的重建發展項目,市議會周一以大比數通過,三度延後至年底才審議,有待由市府主導通過諮詢會,制訂一份更詳盡及包含各界意見的報告,期望能圓滿解決因發展而衍生的社區分歧。
第7區市議員珠菲露(Druh Farrell)周一提出動議,就相關的爭議制訂一份額外的「規劃展望報告」(scoping report)。她說:「是一個很進取的時間表,要求各界通力合作。……華埠現時的經濟發展並不如我們所想的。我們也看到許多長期空置的地皮。」
三方上周開會同意延期
珠菲露上星期四跟發展商及期望發展考慮保育文化的代表開會,三方同意有關申請書再度延期。不過,周一舉行的市議會,仍然有逾百大多物穿「我愛華埠」T恤及掛上襟章的市民,親自到市議會,以行動向市府表明立場。
在只有一位市議員反對下,該地皮發展申請審議的延期動議,獲市議會通過。
現階段,市府初步計劃在不足8個月的時間,再次就該發展計劃諮詢受影響人士,期望辨識「爭議的細節」,最終給予各市議員「更多資料」決定投票取向,當中會有更詳細的評估,以及正檢討修訂的華埠革新計劃書(Chinatown Area Redevelopment Plan)的進程。
冀新一輪諮詢?具真正意義

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‘Council delays vote on 27-storey Chinatown tower as opponents rally outside city hall’

Apr. 11, 2016 – CBC News

Tall building would alter character of the community, says group opposing development proposed for downtown

Opponents of a 27-storey development proposed for Calgary's downtown Chinatown area march to a rally outside city hall.

Opponents of a 27-storey development proposed for Calgary’s downtown Chinatown area march to a rally outside city hall. (Evelyne Asselin/CBC)

Some Chinatown residents are applauding city council’s decision to delay a vote on a 27-storey tower proposed for the area.

Council voted nearly unanimously on Monday in favour of Coun. Druh Farrell’s call to put the decision off until December, pending more consultation and a new report from city staff.

A group opposed to the development rallied outside city hall prior to the vote and packed city council chambers during the discussion.

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