Started from Tuesday, our group officially began our final project focusing on economic development of Chinatown. At the beginning, we started in doing the survey with the tourists who came to Chinatown. The experience of asking tourist to fill out our survey with both exhausting and interesting because it took a lot of courage to ask people to fill out the survey, and we also needed to have a relaxed mind set when people rejected our request. On the other hand, it was interesting because we got to know people's opinion about Chinatown. In the morning, we collected almost 20 surveys. However, during the lunch break as we discussed about the information or the data we collected from the survey, we found the questions and responses from the tourists were kind of vague. Therefore, we decided, instead of focusing on the perspective of the tourists, to focus on the perspective of the local business owners. The experience of interviewing with the business owners was educational and inspiring. On the afternoon, we made the interview with the Broadway Dim Sum, the music instrument shop, and the Wok Shop. From the interview, we knew that the business have been gone down in recent years around the Chinatown. Also, the owner of stores which lasted for 50 years have problem in passing their businesses. After the interview, our group had rough ideas of develop the economy in Chinatown.
The first solution we thought of was the "CityPass" which we thought would be a good idea to sell the punchcard that can let the tourists try different samples from different restaurants in Chinatown. The punchcard can be included into the CityPass or can be sold individually in the Chinatown visitor centre. We thought in this way, the tourists would get the chance to explore more about Chinatown instead of only sticking on the Grant Street.
The second solution we thought of was to introducing the Non-profit Organizations which provide the free business services such as constructing the websites for the stores in Chinatown because we found that the stores which were using the online store could maintain their businesses better.
On Thursday, we had the lunch with Walden who was the faculty member of Chinatown CDC, and he shared with us many useful and interesting insights of merchants in Chinatown. That afternoon, we interviewed with two more stores which could provide us more information.
After finishing the interviews, we started to make our PPT. Unfortunately, as we started to make the plan for final presentation, we were informed that our focusing on the economic development for Chinatown did not really fit the requirement because we needed to focus on tourists instead of business owners. So, we had to have our heads up to do some extra work this weekend in order to catch up the schedule. I am looking forward to solve this problem and make a great final presentaion.