A plan to revitalize Vancouver’s Chinatown was unanimously approved by council Tuesday.
The plan costs around $2 million and aims to clean up a neighbourhood that has been littered and filled with crime and vandalism.
The Uplifting Chinatown Action Plan was ordered by Vancouver’s new council late last year.
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The plan includes cleaning and sanitation, graffiti removal and community support.
It envisions those actions starting in the second quarter of 2023 and either translates to a tax increase of 0.2 per cent or a cut in services elsewhere.
Last year, a group of Vancouver police and community leaders visited San Francisco’s Chinatown to see what the U.S. city has done to tackle crime and social challenges encroaching on the heritage neighbourhood.
ABC Vancouver promised to set up a city office in Chinatown and the motion calls on staff to establish one within a city-owned property like Chinatown Plaza, which has multiple vacant spaces for lease.