A coaltion of community organizations rallied next to parking lot, where a 31 story apartment tower is being proposed in central Chinatown. The groups are opposing city zoning variances that will allow Liberty Place to build 410 market rate units, retail space and underground parking.
This overview of community organizing of ethnic neighborhood is part of a forthcoming larger work, "Introduction to Asian Pacific Americans: Building Social Movements and Interest Group Pressure for Social Justice" We are posting this draft with the permission of the author. (The subheads are ours)
This is adapted from the Campaign to Protect Chinatown's (CPC) article
Several organizations have begun moblizing against a development that threatens the Boston Chinatown neighborhood. Liberty Place is a proposed development that plans to build a high priced apartment tower in central Chinatown.
Tenants at 26 Elizabeth Street, New York Chinatown, some of whom "hot bed" in rooms, face rent hikes from $800 to as high as $2800. Around Boston Chinatown, a one bedroom condo above a restaurant sells for $300,000, and a market-rate unit in a low-income elderly housing development rents for $1650.
This past spring, developer Kevin Fitzgerald submitted a proposal to build a 26-story hotel and office tower on the block where CPA is located, bound by Washington, Essex, and Beach Streets. The proposed plan included 274 hotel rooms, groundfloor retail space, commercial office space, and over 400 parking spaces.
by Mike Liu (with thanks to Jeff Fong, George McKinney, and Andrew Leong)
On 11/13, PHILADELPHIA MAYOR JOHN STREET ANNOUNCED REVISION OF THE PLAN TO BUILD A NEW STADIUM FOR THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES NEAR CHINATOWN! Instead, the city will try to build both the Phillies stadium and the Eagles stadium near the existing South Philadelphia Sports Complex.