The momentum created by the Chinatown Centenary continues to build with a number of new community initiatives. The Calgary Chinese Community Services Association added several beautiful murals this fall, some highly visible and others tucked away in back lanes and rear courtyards. These murals started out as a simple graffiti abatement program by The City and have been elevated to expressions of cultural pride and diversity by the community, inviting the urban explorer in all of us to discover Chinatown's hidden gems.
Alderman Druh Farrell is also working with the landowners on the heritage preservation and restoration of the Canton Block. The next big project is the Sien Lok Park redevelopment which is currently in the design stage. A draft plan is being reviewed by the community and we hope to have a final master plan approved by Spring 2012.
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