During week 4, we had another site visit. I really enjoyed the City Hall Dome tour, where we had the opportunity to explore the top of the city hall building. I was fascinated with the complex structure of the building and the spectacular view on top of the dome. We also had the opportunity to meet 2 0f the legislative aids of the Board of supervisors and able to hear her initiatives on affordable housing and sustainable development for the Chinatown community. I did not know that city attorney has so much power in decision making.
On Thursday, Deland gave us a detail definition of Sustainability. Which correlated to all the topics we mentioned for preserving Chinatown: Historic preservation, economic development, transportation, environmental justice, all those are part of the definition of sustainability.
On Saturday, I attended the Food Festival at Waverly Street and the fair. I was amazed how many people engaged in the event. The whole Chinatown was fueled with energy and smile, and I was surprised that they stopped the whole road on Broadway street so people can enjoy the show and seat at the chairs on the street. The food was okay, but I did enjoy the atmosphere and having able to relax in such busy street. It made me wonder what if Broadway street is restricted only for passengers, then people can seat, relax, and socialize on the street, it could be beneficial for the business on that street.
Eric Y. Lu