Ice Cream for Chinatown!

PCDC’s Chinatown Ice Cream Social was a sweet success. On July 11th, over 100 Chinatown community members of all ages gathered at the Chinese Christian Church & Center at 1101 Vine Street for ice cream sundaes provided by PCDC, and to socialize, enjoy live music, and weigh in on the future of Chinatown.

At the Social, PCDC Director of Planning, Sarah Yeung, and consultants from Interface Studio, presented the progress of the Chinatown Neighborhood Plan, and the proposed ideas for Chinatown. Developments fall into three major categories: built environment for connectivity and open space, economic opportunity for small business and manufacturing, and community life which includes housing and community health and coalition building.

Proposals included safer connections for pedestrians across Vine Street and Race Street, a gateway to Chinatown at 10th and Callowhill, underpass improvement, and expansion of existing affordable housing. Participants had the chance to vote for proposals they prioritized, vote against proposals, and leave additional comments and ideas. Participants seemed to enjoy the chance to mingle with their neighbors in the air-conditioned Church on a hot summer evening. Engine 20 Fire Department stopped by!

The Chinatown Neighborhood Plan is nearing completion. Stay tuned for updates.