Vancouver city council votes down 12-storey Chinatown tower

By Justin McElroy, CBC News, Jun 13, 2017

105 Keefer St. development rejected in 8-3 vote; councillors note how proposal divided the community.
A much debated proposal for a 12-storey tower in the heart of Chinatown was voted down by Vancouver city council Tuesday afternoon. The 105 Keefer Street development was rejected by a margin of 8-3, with Mayor Gregor Robertson and five of six Vision Vancouver councillors joining NPA Coun. George Affleck and Green Coun. Adrianne Carr in opposition. Read more…

Artist’s rendering of the residential tower Beedie Development wanted to build at 105 Keefer St., in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown. (105keefer.com)

Bill Wong, legendary Vancouver Chinatown tailor, dead at 95

Matt Meuse, Gavin Fisher, Apr 16, 2017

Bill Wong, whose shop Modernize Tailors has been a fixture of Vancouver’s Chinatown for more than a century, has died at the age of 95.
Wong passed away in his sleep in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 8, his son Steven Wong told CBC News. Read more…

Bill Wong, who died age 95 on April 8, 2017, spent almost 70 years working at Modernize Tailors in Vancouver’s Chinatown. (JJ Lee)

Chinatown residents march on city hall to protest planned highrise towers

CBC News, Dec 02, 2016

Community advocates say proposed buildings will be too tall for the district. A contentious plan to replace a parking lot in Chinatown with several high-rise towers spurred about 150 opponents to march to city hall on Friday. The proposed development includes a building almost twice the height of existing ones in the area to be built on the site of a parking lot that sits between Second Avenue and Third Avenue S.W. just west of Centre Street. Read more…

As many as 150 protesters marched to City Hall on Friday to let city councillors know they remain opposed to a planned redevelopment of a parking lot in Chinatown, despite changes to the plan. (Evelyne Asselin/CBC)

‘Seniors can stay’: Historic May Wah Hotel sold to Chinatown Foundation

Lien Yeung, CBC News, Mar 17, 2017

Future of low income tenants, mostly seniors, was in jeopardy when building was put up for sale. New owners of Chinatown’s historic May Wah Hotel say its senior residents will be able to remain in their homes after it was sold to the Chinatown Foundation for $9.8 million. “We just want everyone to feel comfortable that not much is going to change,” said Henry Fung, a board director. Read more…

The May Wah Hotel is a City of Vancouver-designated heritage building that houses more than 100 low-income tenants. (CBC)

Architect and community visionary Joe Wai dead at 76

By Farrah Merali, CBC News Posted: Jan 13, 2017

Renowned architect and community activist Joe Wai has died from complications related to an aneurysm. His family confirmed he passed away Wednesday evening at Vancouver General hospital.
Friends and family are remembering Wai as a tenacious leader, community visionary and the man who shaped Vancouver’s Chinatown into what it is today. Read more …

Joe Wai in a1987 CBC interview about the design of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical garden in Vancouver.

Exploring Chinatown: 5 things you may not know about Vancouver’s historic district

CBC News, October 29, 2016

It’s one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city — and home to some local legends. If you take a walk around Vancouver’s Chinatown, there are a lot of things that might catch your attention. For one, it’s the only neighbourhood in Vancouver with red lamp posts. But there’s a lot more to Chinatown than meets the eye — in fact, its rich history is the subject of a walking tour taking place at this year’s Heart of the City festival. If you don’t have time to take the tour, here are five fascinating facts about the historic neighbourhood. Read more…

Vancouver's Chinese New Year parade is famous for its lion and dragon dances. (Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver)
Vancouver’s Chinese New Year parade is famous for its lion and dragon dances. (Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver)