Chinatowns are fun places to flaneur in any city. Recently, I found myself near Calgary's Chinatown on a sunny spring afternoon with some time to wander so thought I'd check it out.
I am sad to report it was like a ghost town - no street vitality, shops were empty (many vacant) and many of the building were looking very tired. For example The Opulence Centre, with HSBC as its anchor, should be an embarrassment for both the bank and the building owner.
Calgary's Chinatown lacks the hustle and bustle, clutter and chatter that is commonly associated with a healthy chinatown.
Below are photos of Calgary's Chinatown - the good, the bad and the ugly!
It would be a shame to lose Calgary's Chinatown as it has been part of our downtown for over 100 years and has the potential to add so much charm and character next to our central business district.
It should also be a vibrant fun urban playground, not only for those living in Chinatown but all of Calgary's City Centre residents.
Learn more about Calgary's Chinatown: Link to Calgary's Chinatown History