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SFU Public Square presents: City Conversations—March 2

March 16, 2017

In the 1970s, residents of Chinatown fought for their neighbourhood's very existence, against a proposed freeway network which would have obliterated it. Since then, city planners say, “It has dealt with community conflicts, economic hardships, shifting population trends, and the decline of nearby areas.”

While many of those challenges still exist, for many the new threat is gentrification, as large new buildings, expensive condos and trendy shops transform Chinatown's unique character.

For over a decade the city has worked on a revitalization strategy, with millions in grants to preserve historic clan and society buildings, with goals that are hard to object to. But many disagree with the results so far. Is there a way to revitalize Chinatown and keep its special charm?

To discuss the way forward, our presenters are Doris Chow, co-founder of the Youth Collaborative for Chinatown, and architect and urban designer Bruce Haden, who has twice chaired the City’s Urban Design Panel. Then it is your turn to question, observe, and offer your opinions. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

When: 12:30PM–1:30PM | Thursday, 16 March 2017

Where: Room 1600
515 West Hastings
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre Campus

Registration is not required but seating is limited. Please try to arrive early to ensure a seat.
This SFU City Conversation is a presentation of SFU Public Square, sponsored by SFU Vancouver and SFU's City Program.


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