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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Toronto's Chinatown

I blogged a couple of weeks ago about the Koreatown in DC and the need to preserve the history of that region. Well, here's an interesting article on a different kind of preservation needed in Toronto's Chinatown -- it seems that with the new Chinatown up in Markham, my familiar Spadina and Dundas Chinatown is floundering. It's very sad to hear, because each of the Chinatowns in Toronto had a different character to me. And while the Market Village/Pacific Mall region was very upper-crust, it had a more Hong Kong feel to me than Spadina and Dundas. As a high school student, I actually went to school a block from the Spadina and Dundas Chinatown but would commute weekly to the Market Village/Pacific Mall area where I helped teach abacus and chess to schoolkids. I was very familiar with both neighbourhoods and so it's sad to hear that one has so profoundly injured the other. Chinatown Centre was where I bought my prom dress, and where I would sneak to on weekday afternoons to go buy my anime cards and posters. I really hope that they manage to revitalize the area -- it would certainly be sad to see us lose such a vital part of our history in Toronto.

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