Tim Crosby 
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Re: “Saving Chinatown

A good article.

I am in favor of bringing in new and vibrant mix into dilapidated neighborhoods. I think that this matter of community revitalization is often seen as a zero sum game. Instead, leaders should approach the matter with surgical precision rather than hatchets.

This requires adding and /or keeping important civic , business, and community enclaves around the "new" emigrants into Chinatown.

In the Frutivale, for example, the Clinica de la Raza is a mainstay, even when new buildings are raised. Too often, city leaders look at the bang for the buck projects and over build condos, and business buildings and forget about the need for staples such as schools, and churches in the neighborhood. What they tend to forget is that the current, young dot commers will eventually have children and families, and what has been the old track in Oakland- they leave to the suburbs of Lamorinda , or Alameda once their kids have to go to school past the 3rd grade, and what will Chinatown be????? Temporary housing, unless its done with precision.

Good middle and high schools should be kept or built, and churches should be left in tact. This way, some of those transitory Gen Y ers will tend to stay for the long haul once they grow up!

Posted by Tim Crosby on 11/02/2015 at 2:02 PM

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