Old Town Chinatown targeted for overhaul

Success of West End expected to spill over into forlorn area.

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Success of West End expected to spill over into the forlorn Old Town Chinatown.

The expectations are a result of the Portland Development Commission’s plan for the area.

“Old Town is, like, it,” [Craig Sweitzer, of Urban Works Real Estate] said. “It’s the new West End. The East side (of the Willamette River) has become the new Pearl proper. But Old Town is going to completely evolve into a new species. It’s just a natural cycle.”

Howard Weiner opened his Cal Skate Skateboards shop near NW Sixth and Davis in 1984, was a founding member of the Old Town Chinatown Community Association and chaired it for six years.

“I would say over the last 30 years, retail in Old Town Chinatown has languished,” he said.

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The PDC has tabbed $57 million for the project.



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