Revitalizing SF Chinatown: New effort launched to revitalize San Francisco Chinatown businesses ravaged during COVID-19 pandemic

New effort launched to revitalize San Francisco Chinatown businesses ravaged during COVID-19 pandemic

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KIET DO: I'm Kiet Do, we're live here in Chinatown in San Francisco with a brand new historic effort to try and revitalize the area that's been wrecked by COVID, and we are just now hours away from the launch of San Francisco Chinatown Renaissance 2021. This is a team effort to pull all the financial help available to local businesses here and bring it under one roof, and it is desperately needed.

Over the past year and a half, there's been a slow and steady decline of Chinatown. According to today's event organizers, more than 180 businesses have shut down in the past year along Grant Street, which is the main tourist stretch of Chinatown. Empty storefronts jumped from 16% to 58% in 2020, and along Clay Street, which serves a lot of the local neighbors here, vacancies rose from 11% to 66%.

Now today's organizers say the triple combo punch of COVID and China virus scapegoating and anti-Asian xenophobia has been devastating. Among the backers of today's efforts is the Committee of 100, Chinatown Community Development Center, and the Asian Pacific Fund. Again, the idea to coordinate and work together.

The San Francisco Chinatown Renaissance 2021 event kicks off today at Victoria Memorial Hall on Stockton Street. That is at 12:00 PM today. Live in San Francisco, Kiet Do, KPIX 5.