On December 5, the City of Salinas kicked off the Chinatown Revitalization planning project by giving MIG–its new lead consultant–a tour of the neighborhood and a visit with key stakeholders. You can read a copy of the MIG proposal for Salinas Chinatown Revitalization here.
The tour began and ended at the new Chinatown Health Center, and in between it covered the Haciendas developments, Dai-Ichi Village, Salinas Buddhist Temple, the Learning Center, Dorothy’s Place (House of Peace, Drop-in Center, and Kitchen), Republic Cafe, Victory Mission, and Confucius Church.
For some of us, the visit to Dai-Ichi Village was literally the high point — as we were led upstairs to the roof. From there we were able to get a bird’s eye view of the neighborhood. We walked carefully past the solar panels and vents covering the rooftop, to look out over the edge. That view gave us a perspective that few ever see: Chinatown laid out before us like a living map: Soledad, E. Lake, Bridge, and California Streets; the community gardens, the alleys, and the railroad, which–along with the “urban renewal” creation of one way streets and an underpass–has divided Chinatown from Main St. for decades.
We saw the neighborhood with all its problems and potentials revealed. I think that most of us were seeing the potentials that day–the future Chinatown that we all envision and look forward to.
Below are some photographs:
ACE Board member Al Baguio on the roof of Dai-Ichi Village.