Chinatown crime down but homelessness, drug issues rise
By Ling-Mei Wong
The Chinatown Safety Committee met Sept. 4 for its monthly meeting at 821 Washington Street.
South Street restaurants Les Zygomates and Sorriso will be under new management by Anthony Botta. Both are currently managed by chef-owner Ian Just.
The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel at 275 Tremont Street will be undergoing renovations. The Encore Lounge closed and will be renovated as a library and reading room for hotel patrons. Another space, the Caprice Restaurant and Lounge, closed and will be rented to a retail tenant such as a cafe or frozen yogurt shop, said Cathleen Wardley, general manager at the Courtyard by Marriott Boston Downtown.
Boston Police Department Capt. Tom Lee reported crime was falling in District A-1. A total of 10 larcenies occurred in the past 30 days, with overall larcenies down 10 percent compared in 2012.
Officers made 50 arrests in the past month, including 22 arrests for drugs. Lee told the community to call 911 about individuals seen publicly sleeping on park benches, publicly drinking or abusing drugs.
As schools are back in session, traffic issues should be reported to the police, said Sgt. Tom Lema. Tour buses in Chinatown that are illegally parked should also be reported.
Chinatown Main Streets has partnered with the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association’s street cleaning program. It is raising funds to hire two cleaners to sweep Chinatown every day.
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