Damage to Chinatown murals linked to Vancouver housing affordability and anger at so-called “foreign buyers”

by Travis Lupick on September 8th, 2015

Someone has defaced a series of historical murals in Vancouver’s Chinatown neighborhood.

A mural celebrating Chinese Canadian history at the corner of Pender and Columbia streets was recently defaced by graffiti. Photo by RICHARD MARQUEZ

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Swimming the Saltwater City

Poem for Judy Lam Maxwell by Alan Hill

 

It was Judy who took me through Chinatown on foot

 

shimmied me through the last remaining courtyard, into

the last remaining tailor shop .

 

He sat, aged 93, looking me over

measuring me up

possibly too generous in the being he quickly stitched of me.

 

Later, we worked a way across East Pender Street

between the sharpened needles of spring sunlight

splintering themselves skywards from the heavy traffic

 

guided ourselves

up the spindly five flight spine of the Chin Wing Chun

 

to slip between a thinning weave of seniors

hunched over the clacking munitions of Mah-Jong

 

their tiles stretched in calligraphic curves across sunset red tables

 

the aging players bunched beneath the miniature

specimen display head shots of the long dead.

 

She stopped me on the balcony; there was nowhere else to go

In the street below we could see it:

 

the hipster coffee bars and condos moving in

the ironic bearded, tattooed new

the steady advancement of all that money

 

that has been so long needed – coming now, unstoppable

to bleach this whole place white, crush it

with its avalanche of cash.

Vancouver’s vandalized Chinatown gate still awaiting repairs

by Carlito Pablo on June 3rd, 2015

Most of the plaques decorating the pillars of the majestic arches linking historic Chinatown to downtown Vancouver have been missing for about a year.

Kelly Ip points to a section of the Chinatown gate where some of the plaques were removed. Photo by CARLITO PABLO

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Chinatown residents ask city for development moratorium

By Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun March 3, 2015

VANCOUVER — Residents of Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside concerned about the level of new development in the area delivered a petition to Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson on Tuesday.

Protesters gathered outside Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s office. They wanted the city to stop new development in Chinatown that they say is causing the loss of affordable social housing. Photograph by: Jeff Lee , Vancouver Sun

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