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  1. googspecial

    googspecial New Member

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    Just saw this on Twitter - I think it's Hon's Chinatown Development. Have we seen this much detail here yet...?

    Looks great! Excited for that pedestrian mews. And the boutique (?) hotel is a great addition.

    https://ourchinatownyyc.com/the-development/

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    Thanks for posting @googspecial This is much better than I was expecting. They're using Perkins + Will as the architects, which is promising. I like their work..

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    That looks great, love what Perkin + Will do, excited that they are setting up shop here permanently!
     
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    I really like where this project is going, I would definitely consider getting a place there. Great design and material choices. I hope they keep the retail as very small units, you'd probably get some great food stalls. It would be cool to see a bit of a revival of Chinatown, get some younger business owners in who are invested in the community.
     
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    Agreed, looks like there is an effort made to make retail space along the alley and through the site. Just a rendering, but if the details pan out in execution, it will offer a neat little retail corridor - as well as boost the retail volume and population of the area significantly. Good rendering all around :)
     
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  6. Mountain Man

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    Chinatown has some residents that are going to fight this very hard, I've heard some of the things that have come up during the consultations with the community and some people are very firmly against it. Will be interesting to see what happens...
     
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    Great looking development but I could never live there due to the stress. I'd be looking out my window thinking Telus Sky is so so close but I just can't see it.
     
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    Thought we might as well start one up for this beast...

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    Thanks for starting a thread for this. Lots of good discussion coming up regarding this project.
     
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    Are the Hons still doing this one?
     
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    El Condor Lands is the Hons.
     
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    I liked it much better before I realized that the central link between 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave is a road and not a pedestrian corridor. I can't see any possible reason for needing vehicular access at that part of the development, especially considering it's all retail fronting it. Make those connections pedestrian only and stick some public art or some sort of gathering place in the middle where they all meet and I think you've got yourself a great public space in the making that would be an asset for Chinatown.
     
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    That road is more of a natural woonerf in my opinion even if not labeled as such, narrow, hopefully with parking, creating a tight alley type space which doesn't have straight lines, approximating an organic less planned alley streetscape found in many older China-town type areas.

    I'd much rather have an environment like that than a inward facing potential dead zone. I can see potential to close it for night market type things.
     
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    Think this one looks great, can't wait to see more detailed renders!
     
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    I noticed that too. Given the way it's a narrow road....probably a one way street, and also not a straight road, I'm thinking it'll be alright.

    I like the way the developer/architect have gone with retail units facing inwards as well as facing out on the street. In that regard, they've certainly captured the essence of Chinatown.
     
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