LOCO BC has been working in partnership with Heritage Vancouver, Youth Collaborative for Chinatown (June Chow) & Modus on a study of the possible tools/programs to protect heritage businesses in Chinatown.
This Friday, December 9th, there is a forum organized by the City of Vancouver (CoV), where LOCO and others will present. Please join us, and give your input on this important issue. The forum is free of charge and translation is available. Register here.
Here's some background on the project from the CoV:
We are studying the importance of legacy businesses to people in Vancouver. Legacy businesses are stores that a community cherishes because of their:
- Connection to history
- Contribution to neighbourhood character
- Integral role in the community's way of life
These are a key part of our city's economy, and our daily lives. These shops and services can greatly affect how we experience our neighbourhoods.
We will use your feedback to consider what types of strategies might best support these businesses so they can continue to be a vital part of all neighbourhoods. The findings of our study will be relevant to neighbourhoods across Vancouver.
We are in the beginning stages of exploring what the strategy might entail. This study has an initial focus on Vancouver's historic Chinatown, where we have heard these issues are most pressing.
Community Forum: At this event, an opening presentation will share draft qualities for legacy businesses in Chinatown, with a facilitated discussion to follow. Translation into Cantonese will be provided. For more information about this study, please visit vancouver.ca/legacy-business