Toronto Chinatown tries new projects to bring visitors back
来源: Bob Mok
During the annual general meeting (AGM) last month, The Chinatown Business Improvement Area (CBIA) announced major innovative programs for its business members totaling close to $200K. These programs are identified as: Surveillance video camera program, Street guard Patrol Program, Parklets Program, Themed Mural Project, Website Improvement Project, and Laneway Project.
Last time, we discussed the Surveillance Video Camera Program and the Street Guard Patrol Program. For that article, please click: www.chinesenewsgroup.com/news/674950.
Let us look at the other programs and projects that constitute an initiative-taking move for the CBIA:
The 2022 Parklet Program: Temporary parklets are creative structures that encourage people to gather, sit, and enjoy their surroundings. They are an economical and innovative solution to provide more space for people in areas that have limited sidewalk space.
Over the last two years, the CBIA put up parklets within the Chinatown area for visitors to rest and enjoy their purchased food. This Summer, CBIA installed the parklets at the China Town Centre Mall and St. Andrew Street. Artists painted the wooden boards with murals that formed the perimeters of the parklets and installed seating benches within the boundaries.
Next year, the parklet program will continue and artists will produce innovative designs for these structures.
Themed Mural Project: CBIA members receive graffiti removal services from CBIA through a contractor. Once noticed through weekly checks and/or reported to the office, storefront graffitis are removed by the contractor within 48 hours. It is however a repetitive process, and the vandals repeatedly “tagged” the same areas.
This new project will research graffiti statistics and available methods to discourage or prevent tagging of painted surfaces and keep the streetscape tidy and clean. Possibilities include painting murals that have proven to eliminate “tagging”. There is also a solution with installing painted vinyl sheets to cover surfaces that are prone to graffiti creations.
Website Improvement Project: The CBIA website is an essential element in the “Chinatown visiting experience”. Young visitors want to plan their visits to Chinatown through browsing the web site first. The website carries information about Chinatown and directories of shops providing food, goods, and services.
Over the last half year, the web site has been slow responding to netizens’ inquiries. CBIA has decided to pursue an upgrade to the software and structure of the website to make it a more efficient tool for the users once again.
Laneway Project: There is an unnamed laneway north of Dundas Street that needs repairs and rehabilitation. The City of Toronto is prepared to repave the laneway over the next year or two. There has been dumping of garbage in the laneway; garbage bins in a disorganized condition with graffiti painted on the walls. Police have identified security issues, and lighting is poor.
As part of the streetscape improvement, CBIA will hire consultants and work with the city to produce solutions to make this laneway a clean and safe environment for Chinatown businesses and residents.
The pandemic slowed down all the initiatives of the CBIA planners. With the fresh start, these plans will make the Toronto Chinatown a cleaner, safer place for all its businesses and residents. More visitors will then visit Chinatown as well and experience its bountiful offerings.