“Over 50 Chinatown community members walked out of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s fifth and final public meeting on the sale and redevelopment of Parcels 25 and 26”

July, 1, 2016 – Sampan

By the Chinese Progressive Association and the Asian Community Development Corporation

Yesterday evening starting at 6pm, MassDOT, along with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, held its fifth and final public meeting at the State Transportation building, where it unveiled the final guidelines and Invitation to Bid on Parcels 25 and 26. The Chinatown community has dedicated countless hours attending all five meetings and submitting oral and written comments during and after each meeting. The Chinatown community has patiently followed along with MassDOT’s public process, repeating the community’s needs time and time again. MassDOT has failed to respond in good faith and as a result the Chinatown community felt it had exhausted its options and was compelled to walk out en masse.

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“Veolia steam plant development could affect Chinatown park”

June, 10, 206 – Sampan

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A community meeting about public land parcels on Kneeland Street took place June 7 at the Transportation Building. The site includes the Reggie Wong Memorial Park, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) District 6 Office at 185 Kneeland Street and the Veolia Energy steam power plant at 165 Kneeland Street.

The meeting was the fourth community meeting to present MassDOT guidelines and the Invitation to Bid (ITB) for potential redevelopment of MassDOT Parcel 25 and Parcel 26, respectively the district office and steam power plant.

Reggie Wong Memorial Park is one of Chinatown’s few open spaces. It hosts nine-man volleyball tournaments regularly, a street sport developed by Chinese immigrants with roots in Toishan. A traveling tournament was formed in the 1930s. Local teams today include the Chinese Freemasons, the Boston Knights and the Boston Hurricanes.

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“Boston Activists Push for Healthier Park”

Apr. 29, 2016 – NextCity

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As the main recreational open space in Boston’s Chinatown, Reggie Wong Memorial Park is vital to the neighborhood, even though it doesn’t look like much: two basketball courts and a tennis court, lined on one side by trees, wedged between on- and off-ramps for I-93.

Because of its proximity to the highway, the park is also swarming with particulates that residents can’t see, but that a new study suggests could be increasing their risk of suffering heart attack or stroke. With the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) looking to sell off Reggie Wong park and an adjacent parcel for development, community groups are advocating that a replacement park — which the developers will be mandated to create — address air quality concerns. They and the researchers are also calling on developers of new buildings to install air filters, to mitigate the effects of pollution.

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“New evidence of the dangers of living near highways

Apr. 14, 2016 – Boston Globe

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For years, Russell Eng has coached high school volleyball teams at Reggie Wong Memorial Park, which is conveniently located near public transportation in Chinatown.

It’s also near the interchange of two highways and exhaust vents for Big Dig tunnels, making the park one of the most polluted places in Boston.
Now, Russell is wondering whether the risks of the pollution outweigh the benefits of the park’s location.

A new study of Boston residents who live or spend a significant amount of time near Interstate 93 and the Massachusetts Turnpike has found that their exposure to microscopic metals and chemicals spewed from vehicles increases their chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke. Continue reading

“空气污染房价飙升 美国波士顿唐人街发展堪忧”

2016-03-30 – 中国新闻网

中新网3月30日电 据美国《侨报》报道,美国波士顿唐人街是纽英伦地区唯一的唐人街,北美第四大唐人街。占地五亩,地处波士顿中心,有近百家以华人为主的店铺,凝聚10万波士顿华人的向心力,百年来早已被海内外华人视作炎黄子孙向海外传播中华文化的骄傲。然而近年来在现代与传统的夹缝中生存的唐人街逐渐走向没落。

唐人街毗邻93号和90号高速公路,地铁红线、橙线、银线和紫线均可到达,其周遭都是远近闻名的寸土寸金之地。唐人街西边与波士顿中央公园相邻,东边有波士顿最主要的南站火车站,东南两侧与金融区遥遥相对,北边则是波士顿繁华的步行商业街,距离波士顿的历史传统建筑区步行10分钟的路程。

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哈里森街口刻着孙文“天下为公”的牌坊。(美国《侨报》)

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