Chinatown Revitalization Tour with MIG

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:

MIG planning consultants photograph the area during the tour.
MIG planning consultants Noe R. Noyola and Chris Beynon survey & photograph the area during the tour.

 

Jill Allen leads the tour of Dorothy's Place.
Jill Allen leads the tour of Dorothy’s Place.
Tour members visit Dorothy's Place Kitchen
Tour members visit Dorothy’s Place Kitchen
A worker in the Kitchen at Dorothy's Place.
A worker in the Kitchen at Dorothy’s Place.
Prof. Seth Pollack leads the tour into the Community Gardens (City Project Manager Don Reynolds on the left).
Prof. Seth Pollack leads the tour into the Community Gardens (ACE Board member Wallace Ahtye and City Project Manager Don Reynolds on L., ACE Board member Henry Gong on R.).

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ACE Board member Al Baguio on the roof of Dai-Ichi Village.

View from the roof - of Chinatown, the railroad tracks, and downtown Salinas.
View from the roof – of Chinatown, the railroad tracks, and downtown Salinas.

 

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