You are most welcome, John.
Living in the city centre, and having lived in the Vancouver region for 60+ years, I am becoming more active in promoting organic revitalization of some of our neighbourhoods.
Much of what is happening in Chinatown/Strathcona is that new businesses are moving into the cheaper real estate. But the businesses are not what one might consider “traditional” Chinese type businesses. i.e., sandwich shops (Say Hey), upscale cafes (i.e. The Union), & bars (Keefer Bar, Bao Bei), rather than dumpling bars or noodle houses.(New Town Bakery, Jade Dynasty, Phnom Penh, Gain Wah). Older buildings which provided low cost housing have been replaced, rather than upgraded, and the new units command much higher rent. And unfortunately, the one great community centre is smack dab in the middle of the most desperate-looking block. But that is all for another thread on another forum…
Foodwise… there is a really nice knife shop, Ai & Om, on Pender. Skwachàys Lodge is an Indigenous-run guesthouse, which has really beautiful art in the lobby. There are lots of places to get good food, but not necessarily Chinese, or even Asian. Bestie, for example… good to very good sausage in the European tradition, local beers, and yummy currywurst. Matchstick and Propaganda coffee bars. Dalina Italian deli. Kissa Tanto for Italian/Japanese fusion. You could do worse