• Exploring Washington D.C.’s changing Chinatown

    By Erjun Peng, Tony Peng & Siqi Lin for CCTV America

    The stores in Washington D.C.’s Chinatown may bear Chinese names — along with their more-popularly known English names — but the downtown neighborhood is actually becoming far less Chinese due to increased development and high rents.

    Over the last few decades, national and global chains have replaced mom and pop groceries, restaurants, and shops, as increased rents have forced many residents and businesses to the suburbs.“The pressure is the tax of the real estate,” said Alfred Liu, the architect who designed the Chinatown Friendship Archway at the corner of 7th and H Streets NW that was erected in 1986. “Many Chinese find it hard to survive because of that. The taxes are too high and many Chinese restaurant can’t afford it.”Liu hopes the Chinatown can still have an authentic Chinese feel.
    ----------Posted on September 26, 2015 by in Student Work

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