By Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh
I want to wish all of you and the entire Chinese-Boston community a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! I’m proud to say the Year of the Rooster was a very successful year for the City of Boston. I’m looking forward to all of the work we’re going to do together, as a city, to create a strong future for all the people of Boston in the Year of the Dog.
The beginning of a new year is always a great time to reflect on the previous year. The Year of the Rooster was certainly a busy one. We were excited to announce we’re bringing back library services to Chinatown — after over 50 years. We have a temporary space open now, as we continue to build a permanent new library. It will serve as a community gathering space, a resource for teens and children, and will also provide critical internet services for residents. I invite the entire community to visit the library, which opened Feb. 5.
We also renovated a beloved neighborhood resource: Tai Tung Park. This $160,000 renovation brought a new playground to the community.
In addition, we opened 88 Hudson, which is the next phase of the Parcel 24 project. It brings 51 more units of affordable housing to Hudson Street and the neighborhood. It will also help knit together Chinatown with the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the rest of the City. This project helps ensure working families and immigrants can continue to live and thrive here.
2017 was also a year that challenged our City’s character. Time and time again, we took on opportunities to stand up for our values and the residents who call Boston home. We reaffirmed that Boston was a welcoming place for all. We took steps to support our immigrants, and we celebrated the diversity that continues to build and shape our City. Boston stands out as a national leader in immigration and diversity. We hold a deep respect for the immigrants who built our city, and the ones who will help build our future.
In 2018, we remain committed as ever to upholding our values and being an inclusive, welcoming City for all. As Mayor, I want to thank all the members of the Chinese-Boston community for your hard work, every day, in helping Boston succeed. I hope the Year of the Dog brings great luck, joy and happiness to all of you.
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