“The Atkin Solution for Chinatown: A Cultural Landscape”

November 21, 2016 – Price Tags

Price Tags asked historian and heritage advocate John Atkin how he would rezone Chinatown.  Here’s his solution:

A Cultural Landscape Not a Development Area

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Chinatown is both a nationally recognized historic district spanning Pender to Gore with its distinctive and unique Society buildings, and it is the surrounding business district which maintains the area’s traditional retail of bbq meats, fruits, vegetables, and live fish. Together they form a cultural landscape that ‘provides the vitality and living colour that gives Chinatown its distinctive character.’
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“Plan for giant buildings in Chinatown comes under fire”

November 18, 2016 – Vancouver Sun

Nov. 10, 2016. For sale sign in the 700 block of  Vancouver's Chinatown.

For sale sign in the 700-block of Vancouver’s Chinatown

Chinatown has traditionally been a low-rise neighbourhood of small stores on 25-foot lots.

But heritage activists fear much of the historic neighbourhood will be demolished if a new city proposal to allow buildings up to 200 feet wide goes through.

“When you’re talking 200-foot frontages, that’s eight lots, that blows out half the block,” said civic historian John Atkin.

“That’s actually greater frontages than what’s allowed in the Downtown South area. Pender Street seems to be respected, but everything outside of Pender seems to be bulldozer bait.” Continue reading