Few remnants of Little Italy remain, Japantown is all but dead, and Little India (Punjabi Market) is on life support as I type, so is the city in need of new ‘hood designations? Well COPE city council candidate R.J. Aquino wants to create “Pinoytown” and will work toward this if elected.
The designation will be between 33rd and Kingsway between Fraser and Nanaimo Street. Most likely around the King Edward node as the majority of Filipino stores are to be found there.
Despite the fact that other ethnic neighbourhoods have deteriorated over the years, in the case of Little Italy and India majority of the residents fled to cheaper pastures, I think the case for “Pinoytown” is a strong one. The community is growing and is largely concentrated in East Vancouver. Therefore, it definitely doesn’t hurt to acknowledge the growing Filipino community in our city and the role they play in shaping our city as we move forward. In fact I think this can only help boost community morale.
The only minority neighbourhood the city is really engaged and trying to salvage is Chinatown. The others have succumbed to market forces. Whatever happened to the first India Gate in Little India?
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