11.19.2007

gentrification, little saigon style

Last week, a panel of land-use experts from the Urban Land Institute presented plans to the Westminster city council to transform Orange County's Little Saigon into a New York City-style development: A New York-style vision for Little Saigon. The district, right now a jumble of mom-and-pop shops in old strip malls, apparently hasn't been living up to its potential as a tourist destinaton. The new vision of Little Saigon, home to the largest concentraion of Vietnamese Americans in the country, would include lots of lofts, high-end stores, hotels and sidewalk cafes. You know—gentrification. Sounds like every other new urban development. Good luck with that.