Changing Chinatown: Benefits And Drawbacks Of Gentrification

March 18, 2014

How you measure the health of a city depends on your point of view. Some calculate it based on growth and development, but to others, a city’s vitality depends on its character and diversity. In this week’s FOCUS report, we’re looking at the benefits and drawbacks of gentrification, and perhaps the perfect case study is Boston’s Chinatown. 


  • Lydia Lowe is the executive director of the Chinese Progressive Association, a grassroots organization dedicated to raising the living and working conditions of Chinese Americans.

  • Sheila Dillon is Boston’s chief of housing and director of the Department of Neighborhood Development.

See how Whole Foods has affected Jamaica Plain, as part of this week's in-depth FOCUS report on gentrification in Boston's diverse neighborhoods.

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