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Arch critic John King takes a stroll through Chinatown and gives us a bit of history: "In the aftermath of the earthquake and fire that leveled much of San Francisco in 1906, the Board of Supervisors proposed relocating Chinatown to Hunters Point. But neighborhood merchants dug in first, quickly erecting what one described as 'veritable fairy palaces' that would create an enticing image for a neighborhood long portrayed as sordid and sinful. To conjure up this local version of the exotic East, they hired Anglo-American architects who drew on such widely recognizable symbols as pagodas and temples." So, who should we thank, exactly? [SF Gate]