An idea that sprang from a concern about the reputation of Calgary’s Chinatown has garnered positive results. In 2008, in the face of increased vandalism and issues of safety, a group of community conscious people formed the Chinatown Safety Council. With the goal of safety and cleanliness by increasing pride in one’s community, the Council began working to change long held stereotypes about Chinatown as an unsafe place to visit.
Members of the Chinatown Safety Council include the Calgary Chinese Community Service Association, Oi Kwan Foundation, Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association, the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited), Condo Base Management Inc., Sing Tao Daily, Calgary Block Watch, Sunflower Realty & Property Management Inc., Animal & Bylaw Services, City of Calgary, and the Calgary Police Service.
Many initiatives have come from the Safety Council meetings, and one such initiative focussed on reducing graffiti through murals. Check out our previous article on the murals here. In previous years, many hundreds of graffiti tags required removal, but in the year since the murals were installed, there have been less than 100 graffiti tags.
The Chinatown Safety Council wishes to extend a warm welcome to all Calgarians to come and experience a safe and vibrant Chinatown.
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