Townsquared Partners

Chinatown-International District BIA


In 2010, over 100 Chinatown-International District businesses, property owners, cultural and community groups and residents met to talk about how to solve urgent needs in their community. Too many stores were empty, crime was on the rise, trash was left on the streets and graffiti seemed to be everywhere. They all agreed that it was time to do something.

The effort resulted in a shared vision. This group of stakeholders imagined a vibrant place where businesses thrive, residents feel safe and visitors go for one of the best ethnic experiences in America. They decided to address five different things in order to make this vision come true: public safety; clean streets and pedestrian environment; marketing, events, and promotion; business development and retail recruitment; and building neighborhood organizational capacity.

The Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (BIA) works with partner organizations to foster a clean and welcoming district, advocate for an increase in public safety, and create a healthy environment for businesses and the community.

Since 2010, leaders in Chinatown-International have made great strides toward achieving their goal, including adding lighting, installing neighborhood-wide security cameras, securing permits for new sidewalk cafes, translating street signs into other languages, clearing dumpsters from the core alleys in Chinatown, lowering the retail vacancy rate by 5%, and leading the charge to get rid of paid street parking in the evening, among other things.