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New plans for Chinatown development show a lush park

A legal aid office complex and residential tower slated for Chinatown’s last major vacant piece of real estate will be shorter, greener and better connected to the surrounding neighborhood, according to…

    • One of Philadelphia’s oldest artist collectives, Space 1026, will soon lose the space it has occupied for more than 20 years. (Courtesy of Adam Wallacavage, Space 1026)

One of Philly’s oldest art collectives, Space 1026, to lose its home of 20 years

One of Philadelphia’s oldest artist collectives, Space 1026, will soon lose the space it has occupied for more than 20 years. Space 1026 has been in Chinatown since 1997. On the…

    • Stairs up to the Rail Park from the 1100 block of Callowhill, May 2018 / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly

In Common: Rail Park opens, carrying the freight of a changing neighborhood

What does it mean to create a new park in a changing, sometimes contested neighborhood? Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn takes a deep dive into…

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ABOUT CHINATOWN

 

Chinatown is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. The area spans from Arch Street to Vine Street and from 8th Street to 11th Street. In the 1840s, Chinese immigrants came to the United States to escape the unstable politics and economic hardship of their country. The majority of these immigrants settled in cities like Philadelphia, where they encountered racism and oppression. Similar to other Chinatowns across the country, Philadelphia’s Chinatown began as a poor neighborhood where the Chinese immigrants gathered together. After the Japanese atrocities of the 1930s and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, American discrimination against the Chinese was transferred to the Japanese. This created opportunity for growth in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. More families arrived, churches and other cultural centers were established, and community organizations were founded. In the 1960s, buildings in Chinatown were torn down for construction of Market East, the Vine Street Expressway, and the Convention Center. This destruction prompted the “Save Chinatown” movement and inspired the creation of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation. Today Chinatown is home for 10,000 Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese people who remain committed to their cultures and their city within a city.

RESOURCES

Philly China Town

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Chinatown

Wikipedia on Chinatown

 

Chinatown is a neighborhood in Central Philadelphia. The area spans from Arch Street to Vine Street and from 8th Street to 11th Street. In the 1840s, Chinese immigrants came to the United States to escape the unstable politics and economic hardship of their country. The majority of these immigrants settled in cities like Philadelphia, where they encountered racism and oppression. Similar to other Chinatowns across the country, Philadelphia’s Chinatown began as a poor neighborhood where the Chinese immigrants gathered together. After the Japanese atrocities of the 1930s and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, American discrimination against the Chinese was transferred to the Japanese. This created opportunity for growth in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. More families arrived, churches and other cultural centers were established, and community organizations were founded. In the 1960s, buildings in Chinatown were torn down for construction of Market East, the Vine Street Expressway, and the Convention Center. This destruction prompted the “Save Chinatown” movement and inspired the creation of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation. Today Chinatown is home for 10,000 Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese people who remain committed to their cultures and their city within a city.

RESOURCES

Philly China Town

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Chinatown

Wikipedia on Chinatown

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