Chinatown

Philadelphia’s Chinatown can trace its history to the 1870s, when the first Chinese-owned business opened in the 900 block of Race Street, but Chinese settlement in the area stretches back to the early days of the 19th century. The collection of businesses and cluster of residents galvanized into an organized neighborhood when urban renewal projects threatened its survival in the 1960s, producing the vibrant and colorful community we know today. Most Chinatown residents live in small apartments over the neighborhood’s many stores and restaurants, but one can also find stylish condos and even luxury apartments in and around the neighborhood.