The City of Calgary has been asking the residents & the Chinatown community members in general to define … what is Chinatown to you?

They engaged Calgarians asking people to start by sharing everyone’s first memory of Chinatown – a first memory: whether a child, an adult, a long time resident, a senior, a visitor, a merchant or a worker. Add your voice here.

In that discussion of Chinatown in our house, my wife suddenly remembered her cousins use to live virtually where the Chinese Cultural Centre is today in a line of small white clapboard 2-storey houses. She remembers visiting them in the mid 1950s as an elementary public school student. (this history-laden photo, above, for sure is representative of that era).