Chinatown meeting roundup: Healthy Chinatown Alliance, Safety Committee and Resident Association

By Kenny Sui-Fung Yim


Healthy Chinatown Alliance

The HCA had a presentation about coalition structure and funding on Feb. 26. Margaret Noce spoke about the Jamaica Plain Tree of Life/Arbol de Vida Coalition. David Aronstein, director of Boston Alliance for Community Health, presented on “Building and sustaining effective coalitions.” The next meeting was set for March 26.


Chinatown Safety Committee

The CSC convened on March 5, with Boston Police Department Capt. Jim Hasson discussing February crime in District A-1, which covers Chinatown. In the last 30 days, there were two robberies, three aggravated assaults and eight larcenies. Of particular note, there were numerous individuals fist-fighting at 19 Edinboro Street, a patient swung at a nurse on 40 Harrison Avenue and a young Hispanic male on 800 Washington Street grabbed an iPhone.

Arthur Chu and Bob Chen plan to dig up the basement at 213 Harrison Street to make the building handicapped-accessible and build up to five units.

A café on 8 Tyler Street was proposed to be called Tito for tea, coffee and other snacks.

Susan Fuller-DeAmato presented on behalf of Barbara Rubel, director of community relations at Tufts University. Tufts Medical Center will install new kiosks and signs to bring silver and blue banners to eye-level. The installation will take place from mid-late April.


The Chinatown Resident Association met March 5. (Image courtesy of Kenny Sui-Fung Yim.)

The Chinatown Resident Association met March 5. (Image courtesy of Kenny Sui-Fung Yim.)

Chinatown Resident Association

The CRA met at the Josiah Quincy School on March 5. Four Tufts University students conducted a survey about potential uses for the community space at the new Parcel 24 lot for the Asian Community Development Corporation.

Baolian Kuang and Karen Chen from the Chinese Progressive Association provided updates about bilingual ballots and the Chinatown Stabilization Plan. The bill on bilingual ballots has moved to the Statehouse for a vote. To bring about more equitable housing distribution, citizens can sign a petition in support of high-rise taxes to go toward building low-income housing and reducing their rent burden. Low-income residents in Chinatown represent the highest proportion among all income groups having to pay more than 50 percent of their income for rent.

Gilbert Ho explained about an event on Feb. 22 where CRA co-chairman Henry Yee was barred from entering the Democratic Caucus to cast a vote. To prevent this, one must change the party affiliation on voter registration forms to vote in that party’s caucus. One’s party affiliation does not mean a voter must vote that way.


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