Eine interessante Diskussion ist bei NYTimes Online zu beobachten: Ursprünglich war gedacht, dass der honorige Peter Kwong (unter anderem Professor am Hunter College) Fragen aus der Community rund um den Verfall von Chinatown in NYC beantworten sollte. Doch leider antwortete der werte Herr Professor nie, stattdessen entfachte sich über die Kommentare eine interessante Diskussion: Betroffene und Außenstehende beschreiben ihre – teils kontroversen – Beobachtungen hinsichtlich Gentrifzierungsprozesse in der Chinatown.
„[…] I have been shopping China Town for years and have observed the steady decline and deterioration of the buildings in the area. Now the whole section is sadly beginning to look like poverty row with a whole line of buildings shuttered with official New York City condemned signs plastered on all of them. […]“
„I have lived in Chinatown for over 30 years and since 9/11/2001 the pace of gentrification has increased exponentially. It seems that in the same way that a lot of the Hurrican Katrina money ended up in the pockets of casino planners along the Mississippi coast instead of going to help long-time, lower income residents rebuild, in the same way, the funds coming into lower Manhattan have been used to throw out long-time small businesses and make it easier for trendy shops to move in and for buildings to be gutted and upscaled.[…]“
„I’m a Chinese American New York native who was raised in Flushing, NY. My parents immigrated here in the late 80s and early 90s and, after briefly living in Long Island, immediately settled down in Flushing, Queens. I went to school with many kids from Chinese immigrant backgrounds, and I knew none of them whose parents once lived in Chinatown, Manhattan or even had relatives living there. […] I was under the impression that those who do live in the Chinatown area came from families who immigrated at least 30 or more years ago.“
„I grew up going to Chinatown in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. It had an interesting character but the fact is that neighborhoods change. There were many immigrant neighborhoods that died out over the years. It’s just the natural progression of change……get over it!!!“