You gotta give it to the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and their friends–they are persistent AF, despite long odds. In their eight-year quest to pass the Chinatown Working Group rezoning proposal, a plan that would create a new special district with more height restrictions and protections to fend off sky-high luxury towers, they’ve kept up a steady stream of rallies against new developments,marches in support of tenants, held town halls (trying to invite the mayor), and even hand-delivered a “gift” to Gracie Mansion.
Last night members of both the Coalition and the Chinatown Working Group used another tactic, turning up the pressure on Community Board 3, questioning the board’s commitment to the proposal and asking them to take a stronger stand in support of it. With more humungous new construction plans along the waterfront seemingly announced every week recently (the list includes Extell’s 80-story One Manhattan Square, a 77-story JDS/Two Bridges Neighborhood Council collab, and L+M’s two 50-story twin towers), many community activists feel like they are missing the window to get more protections to slow the pace of development–the area is not covered by Mayor de Blasio’smandatory inclusionary housing policy until it gets rezoned, and since there are no height restrictions in place anyway, there is little incentive for developers to make concessions to the community when the build.
青心在唐人街(Youth Collaborative for Chinatown)、唐人街關注組等團體，周一在華埠舉行演講及抗議活動，要求市府暫停一切華埠發展項目，保留華埠古蹟及文化特色。
With the recent 100th anniversary of the birth of preservationist Jane Jacobs, consider the history of one of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods: Chinatown.
Philadelphia is connected to one of the earliest instances of Sino-American relations. The 1784 journey of the ginseng-laden Empress of China to Canton (present-day Guangzhou) – the United States’ first successful voyage to insular imperial China – was financed primarily by Philadelphian Robert Morris.
The beginning of the city’s Chinatown is often traced to the early 1870s, with the opening of Lee Fong’s laundry on Race Street’s 900 block. Fong, like many Chinese, fled the Sinophobia coursing through the American West.