Vancouver City Hall, where a proposal for construction in Chinatown was denied on Monday night.
This week, the City of Vancouver rejected a proposal for nine stories of luxury housing in Chinatown.
Opponents believed the project would contribute to cultural erosion and an unsustainable cost of living.
Nathaniel Lowe, Media Relations Organizer for the Chinatown Action Group, believes there is more significance to the area than passersby realize.
“A lot of people see it as a tourist destination. I think a lot of people don’t know that there are residents living there that depend on services. Many of them are immigrant, low income residents: they have livelihoods. They rely on stores and shops in that community. It’s a living, breathing neighbourhood…it’s not a museum.”
Lowe called the decision ‘A huge victory for Chinatown’.