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 an urban planner 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. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.