“Feeling the squeeze in New England’s last old Chinatown”

May, 22, 2016 – Boston Globe


GLORIA CHIN CLIMBS up a tight stairwell inside of 49 Beach St., a Chinatown apartment building with stained white walls, narrow hallways, and pink doors leading to 40 units crowded with families. The most vibrant pink door in the building — freshly painted — is hers.

Chin, 24, stops to point out the new sprinkler pipes, a costly repair made after they froze and burst in the winter. The building has new pipes, sprinklers, and a $44,000 fire alarm system. “The money has to come from somewhere,” she says. “Boston is really cracking down on building regulations.”

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“Opinion: ‘This used to be Chinatown …'”

May, 12, 2016 – Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER, BC., February 14, 2016 -- Participants in the 43rd Chinese New Year Parade through Chinatown in Vancouver, BC., February 14, 2016.  Thoudansd lined the streets to celebrate The Year of the Monkey in the Chinese Lunar calendar which began on Monday February 8th in 2016  (Nick Procaylo/PNG)   00041666A   [PNG Merlin Archive]
Participants in the Chinese New Year Parade through Chinatown in Vancouver. NICK PROCAYLO / PNG

I travel to cities around the world that have Chinatowns — San Francisco, Honolulu, Brisbane, Yokohama, even Amsterdam. I visit because of my research as a historian, but I also have a personal interest. When I was small, my grandfather used to walk me to Chinatown from our house near Commercial Drive. My four-year old legs would get tired and so he would always carry me the last few blocks. I loved the way the elderly men and women in the cafés would greet us, giving me candy and teasing my grandfather about how lucky he was to have a grandchild. We called them the “lo wah kiu” — the old-timers. My grandfather was one of them. He came to Vancouver as a teen in 1923, just before Chinese were excluded by Canada. He paid the Head Tax and spent his life working in B.C., retiring as a cook on an Alaskan cruise ship. Many of these elders, after long years of toil, gathered in Chinatown to eat and talk and joke with each other as they lived out their days.

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“Long shadows create political hurdle for S.F. skyscraper project”

Apr. 28, 2016 – San Francisco Chronicle


The elderly Chinese men and women who gather each morning in Portsmouth Square for their tai chi routines would seem to have little to do with a proposed hotel, office and condo complex a half-mile away at First and Mission streets.

But in compact San Francisco, where high end and low end mingle cheek by jowl, the shadows that the proposed 2 million-square-foot Oceanwide Center at 50 First St. would cast on two Chinatown open spaces have emerged as the biggest political hurdle to the approval of what would probably be downtown San Francisco’s last mega-project.

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“Controversial project in Vancouver’s Chinatown revised”

May. 2, 2016 – Vancouver Sun

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The Beedie Group is hoping it’s third time lucky with a controversial development proposal for 105 Keefer in Chinatown. But it may be a hard sell with Chinatown activists.

Beedie’s new submission to the city shows a slightly smaller development with 119 market condos, down from 127 last year and 134 when it was initially submitted in 2014.

The overall structure is still 13 storeys, but the western facade has been dropped two storeys, and the top four floors have been set back, making it appear smaller from the street.

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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


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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“Calgary Chinatown development fight heats up”

Apr. 7, 2016 – CBC News

Architect says project won’t change neighbourhood or character of community

The future of this Calgary Chinatown parking lot will be discussed at city council Monday.

The future of this Calgary Chinatown parking lot will be discussed at city council Monday. (Google Earth)

A Calgary-based architect is defending a proposed development in Chinatown as opposition to it mounts ahead of a city council discussion.

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“Vancouver council allows microsuites but critic wonders how this fits into affordable housing strategy”

Apr. 6, 2016 – The Georgia Straight


Rendering of the six-storey rental building on Gore Avenue. CITY OF VANCOUVER

For $850 a month, renters can have a microsuite at a new Vancouver development in Strathcona

The six-storey building east of Chinatown will have 10 of these dwelling units, each measuring less than 300 square feet.

On Tuesday (April 5), city council approved the form of development for the project at 303 East Pender Street (formerly 450 Gore Avenue). That was the last administrative motion at council level before construction starts for the market-rental development that will have a total of 61 units.

Starting rents for studios will be $1,100. Two-bedroom units will go for $1,850. The building will have retail on the ground level.

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“Heritage Chinatown project given council go-ahead”

Jan. 17, 2016 – Times Colonist


Conversion of a group of historic Chinatown buildings, connected by private interior passageways and courtyards, into entry-level condominiums has taken another step forward.

Victoria councillors on Thursday approved heritage-related permits for the Lee Cheong Alley building at 533-537 Fisgard St. and the Lum Sam Courtyard building at 534 Pandora Ave., both owned by local developer Chris Le Fevre.

Le Fevre is planning to keep ground-floor commercial at the Lee Cheong building. The rest of the site, including its small interior tenements, and the Lum Sam building will be converted into 25 condos, priced about $300,000.

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