Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, a West Philly housing activist, protested the proposed basketball arena next to Philadelphia's Chinatown at a town-hall meeting in December 2022.

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Philadelphia's Chinatown and the 76ers Basketball Arena

Rodney Atienza | Pennsylvania, United States

The proposed development of the 76ers basketball arena threatens Philadelphia's Chinatown, a central hub of the community for Asian Americans.  The proposed development would be built in the Fashion District, next to Chinatown.  Historically, Chinatown's society has been threatened by developers since the 1960s beginning with the development of the Vine Street Expressway that split Chinatown in half.  In the 2000s, Chinatown was threatened by the Phillies Baseball Stadium's proposed building and a Casino's development.  Claiming that the 76er's Arena would bring economic growth to the area, most Chinatown residents and business owners disagree, fearing rising costs and gentrification, which would bring along the loss of a vital community hub to Asian Americans in the region.  An example of a society destroyed was when the Washington Wizards built a basketball arena in Washington DC's Chinatown, where only a tiny remnant of the Chinese community, if any, exists today.  Philadelphia's Chinatown is one of the last remaining Chinatowns in the United States.  

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