One of Boston’s oldest remaining neighborhoods is fighting for its life, as its residents hope to preserve Chinatown and its affordable housing and community atmosphere amidst gentrification and a construction boom, reports the Boston Globe,
“We feel like we’re losing our home,” Chinatown Resident Pei Ying Yu said.
Several community organizations are working tirelessly to preserve the community including the Chinatown Land Trust, which is trying to buy redbrick rowhouses and save them for the working class community of Chinatown. Additionally, the Chinese Progressive Association plans to lead a march on April 7 from 103 Hudson St. to City Hall to protest the influx of gentrification.
“This is how people looked at Chinatown, as their home,” said Suzanne Lee, a former principal at a Chinatown school. “This is why for me preserving it is so important. We cannot let it just disappear like other cities.”
To learn more about the struggle of Chinatown residents to preserve their homes, see the Boston Globe.
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