‘Give Liberty a Hand’ honors Deval Patrick, Paul Grogan, Kairos Shen and Bob Rivers

MIRA移民聯盟籌款晚會:MIRA聯盟籌款晚會於6月5日在Fairmont Copley Plaza酒店舉行。當晚嘉賓有左起健康秘書長John Polanowicz、州長派屈克、 MIRA聯盟執行董事Eva Millona和難民和移民辦事處執行董事 Josiane Martinez。(圖片由MIRA聯盟提供。)
Secretary of health and human services John Polanowicz, Gov. Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition executive director Eva Millona and Office for Refugees and Immigrants executive director Josiane Martinez at the Give Liberty a Hand gala June 5 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. (Image courtesy of the MIRA Coalition.)

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition honored top leaders in government, philanthropy, city planning and business at its gala for their vision and leadership on immigrant integration on June 5 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. The leaders honored for their contributions to the success of immigrants in Massachusetts were Boston Foundation President and CEO Paul Grogan, Eastern Bank President Robert Rivers, Boston Redevelopment Authority planning director Kairos Shen, and Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick. Continue reading

Creating a vision for Chinatown’s future

Proposed changes around Chinatown. (Image courtesy of Randall Imai, Chinatown Master Plan 2010.)

In 2008, the community embarked on a plan to create a vision for the future of Chinatown, and to identify opportunities for future growth. Since the adoption of the 1990 Chinatown Community Plan and complementary zoning, Chinatown has experienced significant changes: the decline of the Combat Zone was replaced by new high-rise housing developments; the movement of the garment industry out of Chinatown; increased civic participation; and the rapid growth of the Asian population in Boston’s suburbs.

With a two-year planning process, the community elected a master plan committee consisting of an oversight committee with 13 members, and a technical committee that was charged to establish guidelines for the plan. The oversight committee was elected from major Chinatown agencies, organizations and residents, and had total responsibility for the master plan and its finances. With guidelines prepared by the technical committee, the oversight committee held five public meetings to further refine and create a collective vision for the future. Continue reading