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An arena destroyed D.C.’s Chinatown. Don’t make the same mistake in Philly

(PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER) Harry Guey-Lee, Eddie Moy, Jack Lee, October 15, 2022

We are three former residents of Chinatown in Washington, D.C., who — from the 1950s to early 1980s — lived in a vibrant neighborhood that felt like home. It was a community of families where multiple generations — parents, their children, and grandchildren — could all live in close proximity to one another. It was a corner of the city that was full of small businesses that provided us with the means to support ourselves. We were all connected by a long history of relationships that made our community special.

This all changed when the Washington Convention Center appeared in our neighborhood in 1982followed by a new sports arena in 1997. We’ve already lived through what Philadelphia’s Chinatown residents are facing now, and can tell you from that experience how these projects affected our small, beloved community: in a word, their collective impact can only be described as devastating.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer