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華埠改善Chinatown Improvement


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華埠改善Chinatown Improvement


***UPDATE*** Chinatown Improvement receives Congressional, County and local recognitions! Click here to view.

華埠改善計畫是一系列為我們的商業,孩童,家庭和遊客創造清潔,安全,良好維護的華埠的低成本,高可見度的舉措。Chinatown Improvement is an initiative of low cost, high visibility projects that demonstrate how Oakland Chinatown can be clean, safe, and well-maintained for businesses, children, families and visitors. We design and manage 3 ongoing projects:

CHINATOWN CLEAN || CHINATOWN BEAUTIFUL || CHINATOWN COMMUNITY

Chinatown Improvement is a fiscally-sponsored project of East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, with generous support from Asian Health Services, The Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, Family Bridges, The Martin Group, Chinese Community United Methodist Church, and other community and merchant project participants.

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2019 Awards


2019 Awards


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2019 Chinatown Improvement - Special Recognitions and Awards

  • Certificate of Special Recognition - US Congress, 13th Congressional District of California

  • Commendation - Board of Supervisors, County of Alameda

  • “Building the Future” Award, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce

    Thank you to Congresswoman Barbara Lee, County Supervisor Wilma Chan, and special thanks to Oakland Chinatown Chamber Director Karen Dea and Board President Rick da Silva.

Merchant and Community Partners Support Chinatown Improvement!

Click here to read testimonials from our Merchants and Community Partners.

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Chinatown Clean


Chinatown Clean


 垃圾使人感到不安全和不受歡迎 .

A CLEAN AND ATTRACTIVE ENVIRONMENT MAKES FAMILIES, SHOPPERS AND VISITORS FEEL SAFE AND WELCOME, IMPROVING BUSINESS AND QUALITY OF LIFE.

CHINATOWN CLEAN - AMBASSADOR PROGRAM 

The Chinatown Clean Ambassador project was created in close partnership with Asian Prisoner Support Committee, Asian Health Services, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, and The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce.

Our Chinatown Clean Ambassadors are a service and communications network that informs and activates various sectors of Oakland Chinatown: merchants, residents, visitors and property owners. We engage merchants and the community in up to 5 Asian languages plus English towards a shared vision of an economically and culturally vibrant Oakland Chinatown.

In years 1 and 2, we are focusing on an initial 2 block "pilot zone" on 8th and 9th Streets for cleaning and improvement efforts. 

IN OUR 2-BLOCK PILOT ZONE, WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR:

  • 1,300+ pounds of trash collection monthly

  • 80-100+ small and large graffiti tags painted over or removed monthly

  • 50+ See Click Fix cases reported monthly, and 30+ cases closed monthly: cleaning up dumping, graffiti on City property, safety hazards and infrastructure repair needs.

  • 4 times a week street maintenance, communications and ambassadorship in the pilot zone

  • Multilingually communicating with 20+ merchants about ways to improve storefront appearances, cleanliness and customer attraction and safety.

  • Working with merchants, City Council, Public Works and local organizations towards cleanliness, beautification, and ways to help Oakland Chinatown grow economically and culturally.

Thank you to our partners and sponsors!

PARTNERS: Asian Prisoner Support Committee, Organization of Chinese Americans - OCA East Bay monthly PickItUp project, individual Chinatown community members and leadership.

SPONSORS: East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Asian Health Services, The Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, Family Bridges, Chinese Community United Methodist Church and The Martin Group.

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Chinatown Beautiful


Chinatown Beautiful


CHINATOWN BEAUTIFUL

鼓舞人心的變化 - Clean sidewalks and communication inspires more change

Community Beautification Projects on 8th and Webster, 9th and Webster, 10th and Harrison, March 2019

3 LONG-TIME BLIGHTED AREAS CLEANED AND BEAUTIFIED IN ONE DAY! With our project goals of amplifying public respect in chronically blighted commercial areas, we designed, coordinated and facilitated facade cleanup and beautification efforts at 3 visually prominent and badly defaced Chinatown sites. In 2019, we anticipate a dozen sites will be focused on as key visual facades for community projects.

Our Chinatown Clean Ambassadors trained and led over 20 volunteers from OCA (Organization for Chinese Americans) East Bay’s PickITup project to do full-facade repainting, blight abatement and a public art installation.

We worked with 6 merchants and property owners to successfully implement a 1-day “MAKEOVER” that drastically changed public appearances of the sites. Since this effort, there has been no graffiti tagging at all three sites.

Thank you to our project partners and sponsors!

PARTNERS: Organization for Chinese Americans East Bay’s PickITup Project

SPONSORS: Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and All State Insurance


CHINATOWN beautiful - 50 street BANNERS - January-may 2019

New set of banners installed end of May 2019! Chinatown Improvement designed and installed 50 new street banners on from 8th to 10th streets.

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Chinatown Improvement created a Oakland High School photo contest as part of the banner designs. 20 Oakland High Photography students were escorted by Chinatown Ambassadors throughout the area, and took photos of life in Chinatown. These photos were displayed at Chinatown Library. In 6 languages we engaged the public is choosing designs that eventually became the 9 banner designs you see here.

Thank you to our project partners and sponsors!

PARTNERS: OUSD - Oakland High School Photography Department

SPONSORS: Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation


CHINATOWN BEAUTIFUL - Produce Stand Design Contest - August 2018 - Current

Chinatown is a heavy pedestrian and sidewalk-oriented environment. Visual appeal improves business and a sense of public safety. We work with merchants and our local schools to create solutions that improve business facade appearances for merchants, shoppers and visitors of all ages.

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Chinatown Improvement worked with Fremont High School Woodworking Department to create a summer internship program where advanced students met merchants, assessed needs, and designed and custom built produce stands for Yuen Hop Noodles. We will continue this project in 2019-2020.

Thank you to our partners and sponsors!

PARTNERS: OUSD CTE Pathway, Fremont High School Woodworking Department

SPONSORS: Yuen Hop Noodles, Hop Lung Market and Oakland Unified School District, Career Technical Education Pathway


CHINATOWN IMPROVEMENT UPDATE - Long-term Vacancy Improvement Project - LEASED!

Chinatown Improvement helped our long term vacancy attract a great tenant after many years of vacancy and blight. They worked with us to restore our badly-tagged facade, add public artwork and lighting at night, and facilitated tenant improvements that made the property more appealing to a great new tenant. We strongly support more Chinatown Improvement projects like this in the future.
— Edward Yu, Boardmember and past-President, Chinese American Citizens Alliance

LONG-TIME BLIGHTED VACANCY LEASED! In 2018, we transformed a long time blighted vacancy into a vibrant, for-lease storefront that attracted a marked increase in tenancy requests and eventual business infill in late 2018.

More recently from 2018-2019, a similar Chinatown Improvement facade effort on 9th street and Franklin resulted in business tenancy in a long-term vacant space (pictures coming soon).

Thank you to our partners and sponsors!

PARTNERS: Castlemont Sustainable Urban Design Academy, and the Harrison Senior Housing Art Workshop

SPONSORS Chinese Amercian Citizens Alliance


To see our 2017 Chinatown Improvement projects click here:

>> Chinatown Beautiful 2017 >> Chinatown Grow 2017 >> Chinatown Study 2017

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Chinatown Community


Supporting Public Events and Community Building

A Partnership with Friends of Lincoln Square Park

Lincoln Summer Nights Every 1st Friday, June - October 2019

Congratulations on a great summer and fall series! At our final event of 2018, we had over 1000 attendees, 70 volunteers and 25 community organizations and businesses participating. Looking very forward to 2019!

And please support MADISON PARK WEDNESDAYS,

every 1st Wednesday of the month in Chinatown Madison Park!

Chinatown Community


Supporting Public Events and Community Building

A Partnership with Friends of Lincoln Square Park

Lincoln Summer Nights Every 1st Friday, June - October 2019

Congratulations on a great summer and fall series! At our final event of 2018, we had over 1000 attendees, 70 volunteers and 25 community organizations and businesses participating. Looking very forward to 2019!

And please support MADISON PARK WEDNESDAYS,

every 1st Wednesday of the month in Chinatown Madison Park!

The Chinatown Improvement Initiative identifies and supports active community projects that are vital to quality of life improvement and Asian cultural advancement in Oakland Chinatown.   

Lincoln Summer Nights is a partnership with Friends of Lincoln Square and Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation. Sponsored by Akonadi Foundation, The California Endowment, Hella Heart Oakland, the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and the Martin Group, with 20+ community organizations/businesses and 70 individuals volunteering at each event.

Chinatown Improvement is also a proud community collaborator of the the following projects: