I want to make sure that Chinatown’s character and history are preserved for many generations. Chinatown is home to at least three grocery stores, over a dozen smaller markets, 12 bakeries, four pharmacies, churches and temples, and thousands of residents. For over a century, immigrants from across the world have called Chinatown home and found a sense of community in this culturally and historically rich neighborhood.
Chinatown was displaced in the early 1900’s. Yet, it survived because community members had a strong vision of what they wanted for Chinatown.
I am concerned that Wal‐Mart will do more harm than good in our community. While Wal‐Mart claims they help local businesses and create jobs, many communities have seen the opposite. Wal‐Mart often competes with smaller businesses and draws customers from the existing stores. Wal‐Mart, despite being an extremely wealth company, does not share that wealth with its workers. I have a vision for Chinatown and it does not include a Wal‐Mart.