On October 17th and 18th, the DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) are sponsoring an independent Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) in conjunction with ULI Washington. The purpose is to develop recommendations for revitalizing and activating Chinatown Park
After a tour of the study area and various interviews, the panel will provide an open press initial presentation of their findings, the details of which can be found below:
WHO: ULI Washington, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, DC Mayor’s Office for Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs
WHAT: ULI Washington Panel to deliver recommendations on revitalizing and activating Chinatown Park
WHERE: DC Mayor’s Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs: 441 4th Street NW 11th Floor South, Room 1112 Washington, DC 20001
WHEN: Wednesday, October 18, 2017; 4:30-6:00pm
Chinatown Park is only few blocks away from Friendship Archway and Convention Center but it does not have a strong presence as a public park that invites people. In spite of great development potential and an astounding cultural history, gentrification of the area has reshaped Chinatown, and Chinese immigrants who built the neighborhood have been bought out due to high living costs and lack of resources.
The main challenges Chinatown Park face include 1) lack of amenities and vegetation, 2) limited accessibility, and 3) diminished cultural identity. TAP panelists will offer recommendations that will help MOAPIA identify strategies that can be used to promote equity and protect the cultural identity in Chinatown.
Revitalizing the park will be a symbolic yet practical initiative to advance equity and celebrate the rich history of Chinatown. The transformation of the Park not only will build on the existing culture and history, it will also strengthen the local neighborhood by balancing the needs of both existing and new community in Chinatown.
Technical Assistance Panels are volunteer groups of experienced individuals who have been assembled by Urban Land Institute (ULI) Washington for their relevant expertise. For more information on ULI Washington’s Technical Assistance Panels, visit http://washington.uli.org/what-we-do/technical-assistance-panels/.
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