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Another two-fer…my latest stories for NW Asian Weekly

Here’s the first story:

Set up shop in the ID, get months of free rent

With the recent economic downturn, many businesses are closing down and property owners are hard pressed to find new tenants to occupy their storefronts. Chinatown and the International District are no different, but a few local organizations are teaming up with the City of Seattle to tackle this issue with a project called Storefronts Seattle.

Combining the efforts of the city’s Department of Planning and Development and Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA), Seattle Chinatown-International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda), and the Alliance for Pioneer Square and Shunpike, the program is a creative solution for activating vacant storefronts.

Don Blakeney, director of the CIDBIA, said they were looking at ways to deal with their vacancies when they learned that Pioneer Square was facing similar challenges. Pioneer Square was working with the city to bring art into the neighborhood as a way to liven up the empty storefronts. Blakeney, who took part in a similar project in Times Square in New York, thought it was a great way to revitalize the neighborhood.

To read more, click here.

Story number two:

Theresa Pan Hosley commits to reconciling Chinese American history

Theresa Pan Hosley has always been actively involved in her community.

Whether serving the Pike Place Market Foundation in caring for the Pike Place neighborhood in Seattle or on the board of Bates Technical College in Tacoma, she sees it as her duty to give back.

“It’s part of my civil responsibility as a member of the community,” Hosley said. “I’m passionate about helping people.”

It is because of this passion that has been named one of Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation’s Top Contributors to the Asian Community.

Hosley is being honored for her work with the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation — a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 and dedicated to educating people about Tacoma’s expulsion of Chinese immigrant workers in 1885.

To read more, click here.

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