By Sara Brown and Ling-Mei Wong
The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association elected Man Ho Chan to be treasurer on August 16, after Philip Huang stepped down. Chan ran unopposed and won the 33 directors’ votes unanimously.
The Chinatown Safety Committee held its monthly meeting Sept. 7 at the DoubleTree Hotel.
Boston Police Department District A-1 Capt. Ken Fong said that overall crime during the summer was low.
Crime was down 6 percent this past month in the district. There were 47 arrests: 32 warrant arrests, four for trespassing, two assaults and one sexual assault.
The sexual assault happened on Tyler Street. Fong said it was a case of domestic abuse and the suspect has been arrested.
There were 19 larcenies and 14 car break-ins.
“That number is a little high, compared to what we are used to in the past,” Fong said about the car break-ins.
Fong recommended people to not leave valuables in the car where anyone can see them.
The Chinatown Resident Association met at the Josiah Quincy School on Sept. 7.
A pedestrian safety report was given by Debbie Chen, community planner at the Asian Community Development Corporation. The community developer’s youth interns surveyed pedestrian safety in Chinatown for their summer project, producing a video with street footage, observations and interviews. Chinatown is one of Boston’s densest neighborhoods, with 50,000 people per square mile. Seniors make up 19 percent of the neighborhood, nearly double the average for Boston neighborhoods.
“Kneeland Street has many pedestrians crossing and fast cars,” Chen said. “Cars treat Kneeland like a highway. They also get a long time, with about a minute for cars but only 12 seconds for the pedestrian walkway.”
Better street design could improve safety, such as longer walk lights, more visible traffic lights and “No turn on red” signage, Chen said.
Governor’s council candidates Terrence Kennedy and Stephen Borelli asked the residents to vote for them in the Sept. 8 primary. Democratic incumbent Kennedy of Lynnfield faces Borelli and Richard DiMeo, both from Boston.
A presentation on proposed development at South Station was given by project developer Hines, which is co-developing the project with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The current bus terminal at South Station is half its planned size; the project will complete the bus terminal and connect it to the train station, said David Perry, Hines senior managing director. Three buildings will be built over South Station, adding 2 million square feet of space and 900 parking spaces.
The CRA will celebrate August Moon Festival at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School auditorium on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.
The Chinatown Coalition met Sept. 8 at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.
Chen gave her presentation on pedestrian safety, while Perry spoke on the South Station project.
Wynn Boston Harbor is hiring for construction jobs and permanent casino jobs, said Robert DeSalvio, president. Seven job fairs will be held in the greater Boston area.
The Chinese Historical Society of New England has a public art installation “These Words” in the neighborhood until Oct. 30, said research assistant and designer Jessica Wong Camhi. For more related events, please see Chinese page 5.