Converting Chinatown

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On March 4th, CAAAV and the Urban Justice Center released a report showing the widespread redevelopment of the country's largest Chinatown. "Converting Chinatown: A Snapshot of a Neighborhood becoming Unaffordable and Unlivable" shows how the city development policies and corporate developers have affected the community's small businesses and residents. The report is based on a face to face survey of 150 residents and 88 businesses.

 

It showcases the experience of local residents and business owners contending with displacement, describing the harassment and evcition of tenants and increasing displacement of groceries, restaurants, and shops. The current threat come from 50 hotels and luxury residental complexes and over a hundred high--end businesses. These changes threaten the heart of Chinatown.

 

The report ends with a series of city and state policy proposals to remedy lagging protections for the Chinatown community as corporate development encroahces.

 

The report is available online.