Urban planners have always been interested in bringing new life to old neighborhoods. But a focus on community, culture and history as part of the planning process is relatively new. That’s why UCLA Urban Planning Professor Shirley Hune was eager to work with L.A. Commons, a Community Partners organization, on the Chinatown Project.
Karen Mack, executive director of L.A. Commons, explains how a broad cross-section of those living and working in Chinatown became involved. Young and old, Chinese and non-Chinese worked together to conceptualize and produce artworks.
The UCLA Center for Community Partnerships helps make projects like these happen, through their Competitive Support for Community Partners program.