Chinatown foundation to chip money into planned Downtown Eastside social housing development

By MATT ROBINSON, October 6, 2016

The Vancouver Chinatown Foundation has pledged $30 million to help build affordable housing in the Downtown Eastside in a new partnership with the city and Vancouver Coastal Health. The proposed 250-unit housing project is slated for 58 W. Hastings St., where a tent city has stood since early July. Mayor Gregor Robertson promised to build a facility with 100 per cent social housing at the site after meeting with area residents and housing advocates in August. Read more…

Mukhtar Latif, pictured at City Hall in 2014, calls the Downtown Eastside project a
Mukhtar Latif, pictured at City Hall in 2014, calls the Downtown Eastside project a “really creative partnership.” MARK VAN MANEN / PNG

On Brink of Sale, Family Shop in Chinatown Stays in Family

By ALEX VADUKUL, OCT. 7, 2016

When the narrow streets of Chinatown overflow on weekends, a few tourists always end up in Wing on Wo & Co. to browse porcelain antiques and jade ornaments. But they rarely stay long, quickly leaving to join dozens in the line outside a trendy new ice cream shop down the block. Read more…

The family behind Wing on Wo & Co., which is headed by Nancy, 86, and Shuck Seid, 92, at center. Credit Alex Wroblewski/The New York Times
The family behind Wing on Wo & Co., which is headed by Nancy, 86, and Shuck Seid, 92, at center. Credit Alex Wroblewski/The New York Times

Vancouver’s Chinatown grapples with growing pains

by Linda Givetash, The Canadian Press, August 20, 2016

The transformation of Vancouver’s Chinatown, fuelled by a changing population, crisis of affordability and ripe potential for new development, has left some locals calling it either a dying neighbourhood or one under threat of gentrification. As the city begins to review the impact of its economic revitalization strategy for the neighbourhood, which ended last year, community members are at odds whether Chinatown’s direction is what they want. Read more …

SkyTrain light rapid transit cars on a section of elevated track between the Stadium-Chinatown and Main Street-Science World stations, Vancouver, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Bayne Stanley
SkyTrain light rapid transit cars on a section of elevated track between the Stadium-Chinatown and Main Street-Science World stations, Vancouver, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Bayne Stanley

Vancouver Chinatown real estate bustle puts hundreds of historic photos, documents at risk

by JOANNE LEE-YOUNG, July 6, 2016

Tim Wong keeps the keys to a gate at the top of a staircase inside an old Vancouver Chinatown building. The 80-year-old also keeps many of its stories, some of them unwritten anywhere, going back over 100 years in city history. Read more …

Tim Wong at Wong’s Benevolent Association at 123A East Pender St. in Vancouver. NICK PROCAYLO / PNG
Tim Wong at Wong’s Benevolent Association at 123A East Pender St. in Vancouver. NICK PROCAYLO / PNG