Originally Posted by red-paladin
"We should improve things" -Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association
"But then it won't be a ghetto anymore!" -Carnegie Community Action Project
I agree - the biggest problem with Chinatown is its location - a block off Hastings.
Even a development like International Village with a "drasticly" big modern shopping centre couldn't overcome the location. Even the big pedestrian generator that is Rogers Arena can't draw them over. People shy away from the area.
Gastown is lucky in that it's largely 2 blocks away from Hastings.
It'll be interesting to see how the restaurant/retail in Woodward's fares over time. SFU and the large scale residential could be the saving grace for them (although residential doesn't provide daytime retail traffic (i.e. look at the retail turnover in Yaletown)).
I think the most drasticly beneficial project would be the construction of office space to generate daytime restaurant/retail traffic.