ERIC Number: ED118718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Reviving the Inner City: The Lessons of Oakland's China Town.
Chow, Willard T.
Some historice aspects of Chinese settlement in the San Francisco Bay area are examined in this document and the impact of inner city development on ethnic neighborhoods, particularly in Oakland's Chinatown is discussed. Some developmental side effects are noted, as well as the benefits of ethnic concentration when the latter is the result of choice. Also presented is the challenge of providing neighborhoods with a stronger voice in land-use decisions and insuring that the community leaders who wield political influence actually defend the interests of residents they claim to serve. Finally, it is suggested that residents, public officials, and private investors take a new look at Chinatown. It is concluded that new legislation and innovative programs may not be needed and that the crucial element necessary to enhance the vitality of Chinatown is a clearer vision of its role in inner city revitalization. Since the decision of key actors such as lenders, landlords, realtors, appraisers, city planning staff, community leaders, and other combine to determine the market value, attractiveness, and livability of a neighborhood, the task of neighborhood preservation and rehabilitation involves the cooperation, persuasion, and sharing of a common vision of the future among these parties. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Asian Americans, Chinese Americans, Community Cooperation, Community Involvement, Community Planning, Community Problems, Ethnic Distribution, Ethnic Groups, Ghettos, Inner City, Minority Groups, Neighborhood Improvement, Social Responsibility, Urban Demography, Urban Improvement, Urban Renewal
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Inst. of Governmental Studies.
Identifiers - Location: California (Oakland)