“Irena Zhang says that Chinatown Adelaide’s Â Moonta Street thoroughfare has been left behind as Adelaide City Councillor Houssam Abiad leads a push for the destination to reap similar benefits and upgrades to Rundle Mall and the East End.Â After successfully passing a motion at the last council meeting of the year that a report into repairing and beautifying the precinct be prepared, Mr Abiad said it had been a long time coming.
Ms Zhang said the $2 million revamp of a food hall off Moonta St should act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the entire surrounding precinct. â€œWe all know that Chinatown is an attraction and it is almost embarrassing to look at it now. A lot of it is in bad condition, particularly along Moonta St,â€ she said.
Chinatown Adelaide of South Australia (CASA) Â vice president George Chin said the area was one of the cityâ€™s busiest and had continually shown exponential growth, making it deserving of investment from the Adelaide City Council.
â€œMoonta St just a few years ago had the most foot traffic in the city,â€ Mr Chin said. â€œThe last substantial expenditure from the Adelaide City Council was in 2004 and was about $1.4 million. We must work together on this as there is lots that they can do to help reinvigorate the area.â€ A report into the Chinatown reinvigoration is expected to be prepared for council by mid next year.
Source: Is Chinatown an embarrassment?Â by Sam Kelton, The Advertiser, 21st December 2016.