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Old 06-07-2016, 08:40 AM
 
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At the rate it's going, they're going to need a Europeantown.
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Old 06-07-2016, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Valdosta (Atlanta Native)
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Why does Atlanta need one? A lot of those ethnic neighborhoods were settled pre-WW2 when immigrants had to settle together for protection.
I don't know about the northside but many southeast Asians were relocated to North Clayton during the Vietnam War and I know Clarkston is also a place full of refugees and they tend to stay together after their move.
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Old 06-07-2016, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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In a way, we have a Korea town organically growing, but it's only accessible by going up I-85 in Duluth. The city could do something unique and 1st of it's kind and create an archway or gate of international culture present in Atlanta off Buford Hwy..... (Korean, Viet, Paki, Indian, MX, Hondurian, Jamaican, Etc...)
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Old 06-07-2016, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Orange Blossom Trail
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So many larger cities have a Chinatown or international district, Atlanta does have an area that is oriental and such, but it doesn't have the feel as in comparison to San Fran's china town or even Seattle's International district, just wondering if there are any plans or rumors or it being expanded?

Just think it will add more to the city to see something like this come into works.
Most of the asians live in the northeast of the city. Koreans and East Indians are the dominate asians in Atlanta. I think the idea is good but only if they settle around a Marta station. If such a thing was to ever exist in Atlanta metro and only has car access, Id vote NO.
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Old 06-07-2016, 10:15 AM
 
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Why does Atlanta need one? A lot of those ethnic neighborhoods were settled pre-WW2 when immigrants had to settle together for protection.
I also agree with this.

I will also point out that many Chinatowns are either now devoid of Chinese/Asians (like DC) or they are areas of pretty high poverty for Asian immigrants and their families which only serve as some sort of faux ethnic curiosity attraction to tourists/visitors.

When I think of Chinatowns, I think of poverty mostly.

Atlanta doesn't need a Chinatown in that respect IMO.
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Old 06-07-2016, 10:18 AM
 
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FWIW, I want to point out that it is odd that so many want to basically put Asian immigrants and Asian Americans into some sort of "international" or "_____town" bubble.

If that is the case why doesn't Atlanta have a Scots-Irishtown. We should put up arches to designate it and encourage Scots-Irish to move there in order for it to be an authentic ethnic experience....

Just like that sounds silly, so does the idea of all of the sudden creating a "Chinatown" to me.

People can live wherever they want to live. I don't understand the desire to designate something as "international" or as a "Chinatown" just because Asian Americans live there.
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Old 06-07-2016, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Cbus
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I think authentic ethnic neighborhoods with history behind them are a cool way to experience a part of a culture that you may not be familiar with. However, I would highly advise against creating an artificial tourist site based around ethnicity.

For example, D.C.'s chinatown, while at one point might have been a legitimate immigrant neighborhood, literally has 4 Chinese restaurants, one ornate Chinese inspired gate, and then every American chainstore that they could fit in there (Panera, Chipotle, McDonalds, CVS, Starbucks, Bar louie etc.) with tiny Chinese characters under the store names as if that somehow makes it any less American.
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Old 06-07-2016, 10:36 AM
 
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These places started as ghettos. So, no, I hope not.
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Old 06-07-2016, 10:46 AM
 
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There are Chinese business in the Duluth area. But its nothing like the amount of Korean ones.

I don't even consider the Korean community in ATL, "Koreatown". Its far too suburban for me to call it that. Even though there a LOT of Koreans.

There actually quite a bit of Chinese people in Atlanta but I don't really think open up their own ethnic businesses in ATL as much as Koreans.

Plus, I think this thread also relates to the "Does Atlanta have big, urban city feel?" one. My image of Chinatown or Koreatown are like the densely urban ones in NYC and LA.
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Old 06-07-2016, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Valdosta (Atlanta Native)
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There are Chinese business in the Duluth area. But its nothing like the amount of Korean ones.

I don't even consider the Korean community in ATL, "Koreatown". Its far too suburban for me to call it that. Even though there a LOT of Koreans.

There actually quite a bit of Chinese people in Atlanta but I don't really think open up their own ethnic businesses in ATL as much as Koreans.

Plus, I think this thread also relates to the "Does Atlanta have big, urban city feel?" one. My image of Chinatown or Koreatown are like the densely urban ones in NYC and LA.
Ethnic enclaves have nothing to do with location, the suburb I grew up in is more diverse than the city and has more ethnic businesses closer together. A ethnic strip mall is no different than an ethnic urban storefront, they're just places of Business.
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