Wednesday Jan 11, 2016
Gentrification swallowing up downtown
Godfrey Tang, Beverly Ho, CCG
Rally in Vancouver residents affected by gentrification.
Developer Beedie insists on building a market development beside the culturally significant memorial monument to Chinese-Canadian workers and soldiers on Keefer Street. Chinatown Concern Group continues to oppose developer Beedie’s fourth rezoning application for a 12-storey market development condo at 105 Keefer St., which will not prioritize the low income community but continue to displace them and raise land values in the neighborhood.
"The government needs to respect Chinatown and the Chinese-Canadians that built and continue to depend on it." says Mrs. Kong, an elderly Chinatown resident and Chinatown Concern Group member, who is still awaiting justice for her deceased husband’s family’s head tax payment. “This condo is overshadowing and gravely disrespecting the bronze statues [at Chinatown Memorial Square] representing the continuous history of sacrifices that Chinese-Canadians have made for this country. Why is the government enabling and encouraging developers to disenfranchise the existing and vulnerable Chinese community? We are the ones who need housing the most.”
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