Sunday Video: The Surprising Reason Behind Chinatown’s Aesthetic

Vox focuses in on why San Francisco’s Chinatown has its architectural characteristics. The history behind it has a lot to do with racism and protecting land. Vox also explains why North American, European, and Oceanian cities have decorative gates at the entrance to “Chinatowns” and building motifs.

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.