New designs and renovations to be done on Chinatown Park

On December 2nd, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) updated the Chinatown community on the recent developments with the Mary Soo Hoo (formerly Chinatown Gateway) Park.  Located on Hudson Street right along the historic Chinatown gate, the park is currently an open space with benches and a slide for young children to play.  In response to community requests last year to redesign the park in honor of longtime community activist, Mary Soo Hoo, the BRA selected the design firm Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects to assist with the project. Jill Ochs Zick, BRA’s Senior Landscape Architect, acknowledged in the presentation that … Continue reading

Plans for new Kensington Project move forward amid allegations of zoning irregularities and corruption

On November 30, a night when there was not supposed to be a meeting at all, a knot of people sat together in a Chinatown conference room. There had been six similar meetings in October, where voices were raised and arguments broke out, and the developers hosting the meeting most likely hoped that the tumult was finished.  Instead, they got more of the same on a smaller scale– a microcosm of the tensions that continue to plague Chinatown’s Kensington project. The project’s history is complex: on December 10, 2001 the Kensington Corporation approached to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) with a … Continue reading

ACDC: 23 years of community building

On November 30, 2010, Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) celebrates 23 years of service in providing support to the Asian American community of Greater Boston.  Over the years, ACDC has been working with the Asian community to increase affordable housing for rental or ownership.  Michael Tow, Board President of ADCD, stated, “The need for affordable housing is greater than ever.” During the event, keynote speaker, Marc Draisen, Executive Director  of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, gave a speech on building sustainable communities.  In addition, Kevin McCall, President of Paradigm Properties & Advisors, and Kirk Sykes, President of Urban Strategy America … Continue reading

Cocoa for a good cause

On December 3, 24 fourth graders at the Josiah Quincy Lower School got in line to get a cup of cocoa for 25 cents from a stand that stood at the entrance of the school cafeteria to raise money for the homeless.  It was money worth spending for these little paying customers – they just could not wait to lick off the melted marshmallow off the top as soon as they sat down. “It was very successful, with the students raising more than $100 in about 30 minutes just selling cocoa. I am sure we will keep doing this through … Continue reading

– Green is the way to go – Chinatown businesses embrace energy efficiency upgrades

Going green definitely stirs up quite a bit of excitement among Chinatown businesses.  On December 1, despite the pouring rain, over 60 individuals – leaders of Chinatown and “green-collar” professionals – turned up at Bubor Cha Cha Restaurant to officially mark the beginning of Sustainable Chinatown, a project spearheaded by the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) that seeks to “green” Chinatown businesses. This event, hosted by AACA, marked the beginning of the Sustainable Chinatown Project, a partnership among the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the City of Boston, the Asian American Civic Association (AACA), energy companies and Chinatown businesses.  Funded by The … Continue reading

Chinese Progressive Association honored at the Access Strategies’ 10th Anniversary

Access Strategies Fund reaches ten year milestone in supporting nonprofit organizations in underserved communities who seek social justice.  On November 10, 2010, they celebrated their anniversary with politicians and many organizations. Access Strategies Fund presented the Access Courage Award to the Chinese Progressive Association.  Joining CPA on stage to accept their award was Siu Ching Tsing who fought along side with CPA to have ballots in Chinese and Vietnamese.  With many years of hard work, CPA was victorious in passing the bill to have Chinese and Vietnamese transliterated ballots in Boston. In addition, Tsing shared his story on why he … Continue reading