Chinatown Neighborhood Council looks at local safety

The Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Council discussed safety concerns on Aug. 18. (Photo courtesy of Vekonda Luangaphay)

The Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Council discussed safety concerns on Aug. 18. (Photo courtesy of Vekonda Luangaphay)

The Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Council met on August 18 for its monthly meeting to discuss new business approvals and keeping Chinatown clean, particularly alleys.

The meeting was held at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association.

The council suggested working with Boston’s licensing board so businesses must approval from the CNC on new proposals, so businesses maintain a healthy relationship with the community. The council proposed talking with the Boston city government and the Chinatown Safety Committee about involving the neighborhood council.

The council discussed a Chinatown shooting that occurred August 17 on Edinboro Street, after four men were hospitalized. Boston police arrested a suspect named Melvin Smith, 27, of Mattapan. Members talked about ways to keep the streets of Chinatown clean and safe.

The council discussed closing alley ways or gates between buildings, such as areas near Beach Street or the Peach Farm restaurant on Tyler Street, to prevent unauthorized people from using those spaces to litter, do drugs, sleep or engage in prostitution.

While accounting for safety concerns, such as emergency building evacuations, one suggestion was using locked gates that allow exiting but not entering during late-night hours. One hurdle would be the cost of implementing such gates, which would fall on the business owners.

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