Concerned that San Francisco’s Japantown is at risk with respect to its cultural heritage and economic sustainability, the Japantown Cultural Heritage and Economic Sustainability Strategy (JCHESS) seeks to outline a set of strategies to secure Japantown’s future as “the historical and cultural heart of Japanese and Japanese American Community” and as a thriving, physically attractive and vibrant commercial and retail district.
Building upon the draft Japantown Better Neighborhoods Plan which includes streetscape, pedestrian and transportation improvements, the JCHESS proposes additional strategies for the survival of San Francisco’s Japantown including the creation of a Community Development Corporation, Benefits District and Land Trust which could pave the way for dramatic design improvements as well.
Comments and suggestions on the JCHESS will be solicited by Planning Department over the next few months with a goal of presenting a plan for endorsement by San Francisco’s Planning and Historic Preservation Commissions by June.
∙ Draft Japantown Cultural Heritage and Economic Sustainability Strategy [sf-planning.org]
∙ Japantown’s Better Neighborhood Plan Update: Draft Acknowledged [SocketSite]
∙ The New Plans And Latest Recommendations For Japantown [SocketSite]