Stewart to support community efforts around cultural preservation and tourism
Vancouver – Today, Vancouver mayoral candidate Kennedy Stewart announced his commitment to work with community groups in Chinatown to revitalize the historic district with a focus on promoting its unique culture to locals and tourists alike.
“The Chinese community represents a vital connection to our cultural history and plays a critical role in our future as a world city that celebrates diversity,” said Stewart. “We need to lift up the efforts of community groups and clan associations and work hard to protect their place in our cultural landscape.”
Stewart was joined by longtime community advocate and Member of Parliament for Vancouver-East, Jenny Kwan, who stressed the importance of supporting local groups who care about Chinatown’s unique cultural value.
Said Kwan, “I am delighted with Kennedy’s vision for the future of Vancouver’s Chinatown. It is critical that we have a mayor who understands protecting the heritage of Vancouver's Chinatown, the size, scale and architecture of the exterior of the building, is just as important as the use of the building.”
Kwan welcomed Stewart’s commitment to revitalize Chinatown through the preservation of its unique cultural and historic character and his support for the idea of a year-round large-scale farmers market and “food street”.
Kennedy Stewart’s commitments include:
A food street pilot project - Stewart would instruct the City’s Planning Department to initiate a consultation process with members of the community and report back to Council options for the creation of a special economic zone in Historic Chinatown. The report will examine the feasibility of establishing a year-round, large scale farmers market and a permanent “food street” in historic Chinatown.
UNESCO World Heritage status - Accelerate the work underway between the city, the provincial government, and the federal government to see Chinatown designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Support a Chinese history museum - Work with provincial, federal and private sector partners to develop a Chinese history museum to showcase the unique role those of Chinese descent have played in Vancouver and Canada’s history.
“The cultural significance of our Chinatown is without question, and as Mayor I would work collaboratively with the rest of City Council to make sure we see this neighbourhood become the cultural, social, economic and artistic beacon it can be,” said Stewart.
“With the proper policies and support in place, a vibrant, accessible, and intergenerational Chinatown can be realized. I have no doubt that this vision will contribute to the objective of having Chinatown designated as a UNESCO heritage site,” continued Kwan.