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[SCMP] San Francisco Chinatown art show explores power disparity in urban planning





For 50 years, the non-profit Chinese Culture Centre of San Francisco (CCC) has adjoined that city’s oldest public square.


The two are in the heart of one of the world’s oldest Chinatowns and are joined by a pedestrian bridge. One can step out of CCC’s gallery into the buzz of card games and folk music in Portsmouth Square.


That will soon change.


Since 2017, San Francisco has been planning a US$438 million overhaul of the city’s public spaces and facilities. Under this scheme, the square will be closed and remodelled, and the bridge permanently removed.


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