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Vision for Chinatown North: A Community Forum

Asian Arts Initiative and Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation are co-hosting Vision for Chinatown North: A Community Forum


Chinatown Organizations Invite Friends and Residents to Envision the
Future

Vision for Chinatown North: A Community Forum
Wednesday, July 22, 6:00 pm
Holy Redeemer Church & School, Theresa Hu Center, 915 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA

The future of Chinatown, north of the Vine Street Expressway, is the focus of discussion at Vision for Chinatown North: A Community Forum to be held at Holy Redeemer Church & School, Theresa Hu Center on Wednesday, July 22nd at 6:00 pm. The Asian Arts Initiative and the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation are co-hosting the forum. The forum is free and open to the public, with interpretation in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation will present planning documents that have been developed for the neighborhood, and participating community organizations and the public are invited to respond and to contribute their own hopes for the neighborhood’s future.

Following displacement due to the expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Asian Arts Initiative is currently working to secure a permanent home in Chinatown North at 1219 Vine St. Executive Director Gayle Isa comments, “The Asian Arts Initiative now calls Chinatown North home. We have a stake in the future of the neighborhood and are excited to be co-hosting this important community visioning forum with the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation.” John Chin,
Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation says, “As we witness the evolution of Philadelphia’s Chinatown North neighborhood, the next stage is to strengthen the community development vision that respects the Asian American community.”

Vision for Chinatown North is a public program of Chinatown In/flux: Future Landscapes, a public art exhibition celebrating the growth, change, and resiliency of Philadelphia’s Chinatown on display through August 2, 2009. Maps and information about Chinatown In/flux are available at the Asian Arts Initiative at 1219 Vine Street or online at www.chinatowninflux.org.

Chinatown In/flux: Future Landscapes has been supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities' We the People initiative on American history, and the National Performance Network’s Performance Residency Program.

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Vision for Chinatown North: A Community Forum, Wed. July 22, 6:00 pm, Holy Redeemer Church & School, Theresa Hu Center, 915 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA, for more information: Asian Arts Initiative, 215-557-0455, www.asianartsinitiative.org.

Chinatown In/flux: Future Landscapes. Now through Sun, Aug 2, Sites throughout Chinatown, Philadelphia, PA, for more information: Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street, 215-557-0455, www.asianartsinitiative.org, www.chinatowninflux.org

About the author

Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.



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