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Chinatown Receives $750,000 To Improve Tourism And Parking
From The World Journal
March 25, 2003

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez announced that the Congress is giving the Chinese Consolidated Benevolence Association (CCBC) a $750,000 grant to work with community groups and experts to improve tourism and parking in the area.

Community groups applauded the decision, saying the money arrived just in time. They hope to work together to come up with a solution to Chinatown’s longstanding problem with traffic.
According to Velazquez, the money came from congress but will be administered by the New York State Department of Transportation.

Velazquez, who represents Chinatown and Lower Manhattan, said Chinatown has suffered tremendously after the 9/11 attacks. She added that the notorious traffic is one of the biggest problems in rebuilding Chinatown’s economy, and it has gotten worse since the police headquarters blocked Chinatown’s back door by closing Park Row for security reasons.

One of the two main purposes for the grant is to revitalize Chinatown’s tourism and create more jobs by taking advantage of currently available resources. The second is to find an appropriate location to build a parking lot, said Velazquez.

Ting Din Ng, president of the CCBC, agreed with Velazquez, saying traffic has long been a problem for Chinatown, and is now posing as a major obstacle in restoring Chinatown’s prosperity. He said that CCBC will make the most of the grant to gather ideas from the community and hire transportation experts to find the best way to improve Chinatown’s traffic.

Guanjun Liang, chairman of the Federation of Chinese Organizations in New York, said in addition to parking, Chinatown’s sanitary issue also needs to be addressed, particularly in the East Broadway area. Eric Ng, president of Hoy Sun Nig Yung Benevolence Association and a longtime businessman in Chinatown, said Chinatown is the center of the Chinese community in the New York metropolitan area and it is difficult to plan for the future without solving basic issues like traffic.

Margaret Chin, deputy executive director of Asian Americans for Equality, is glad that the grant will go directly to the community. She said that only the community understands its own problems and she hopes that the residents can work out the best solutions together.

Translated from Chinese by Larry Tung

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