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07-06-2004, 12:28 PM
Help Save Gim's Chinese Kitchen! (http://www.savegims.com/index_home.htm)
I know this is kind of late, but there is a City Council meeting today, July 6th, where they are going to vote on what is to happen to this property.
The site has all the information about what's going on and all the details. Come give support!
07-06-2004, 01:01 PM
whoa, i used to go there often...
07-06-2004, 05:23 PM
Here is the email I sent the Mayor and Council members!
Honorable Mayor and Council members:
I have been a member of this community since I was a one-year old. I recently graduated from our very own Alameda High School and am about to embark on higher education during the fall. I must say that I will miss Alameda very much when I leave for college. I am still amazed that there is so much of Alameda that I have never gotten the chance to explore in my past years living here. But it is those little things that I find out along the way that make me miss this great town.
I only recently found out about the historical importance of the Gim's Chinese Kitchen restaurant building and the house next door. I was so surprised to hear that there was an actual Alameda Chinatown district in my hometown so long ago.
During the summer of my sophomore year, in transition to my junior year in high school, I became a part of the Buena Vista United Methodist Church's Youth Institute program. This program was created to open our eyes to the community and ourselves. We learned about social justice issues and what it means to be Asian Americans. I learned so much through this program about our community and about the Japanese American experience in Alameda, but I do remember, during a walking tour of Alameda through the eyes of a Japanese woman who lived here when she was a youth, wondering if there were any Chinese American areas.
Having such a diverse community is very important. But people still need to find these little things to help connect them, make them feel like this place is their home. How does this reflect on Alameda if we take away an important part of the community to put up a parking lot? Joni Mitchell and Counting Crows could not have said it better than in the song “Big Yellow Taxi.”
Don't it always seem to go
And you don't know what you've got 'till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
These historical and cultural landmarks are worth more than what one reads in textbooks. These are living examples of life in history. I hope that all of you made the right choice and voted “no” on the resolution of taking 2320 and 2322 Lincoln Avenue.
Alameda High School Alumna
07-06-2004, 07:51 PM
It was really fast. People met to eat and sign the petition. Then everyone headed over to City Hall. We all gathered in front of the door to where the meeting takes place. And then this guy comes out and tells us that we won.
I'm not too sure on the details but it was taken off the agenda. I'm hearing that they get to keep the place.
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