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Chinatown Working Group Meets Tonight

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A month after voting on a set of guiding principles and to initiate an ambitious community planning process, the Chinatown Working Group is back in action tonight. The organization, representing more than 40 community entities, will meet this evening to make final preparations for a town hall, scheduled for February 1st.

The Chinatown Working Group was formed to develop a blueprint for the neighborhood's future. The guiding principles cover a wide range of issues, including rezoning, economic development, housing, open space, transportation, cultural preservation and education. The town hall is meant to solicit feedback for the next stage of the process: developing an action plan. Last month, the CWG voted to develop a 197-a Plan, a comprehensive community development plan requiring approval by a local community board the City Planning Commission and the City Council.

The town hall will be held Monday, February 1st, at 7pm, at P.S. 130, 133 Baxter Street. In an email message, CWG co-chairs, Jim Solomon and Thomas Yu, described what they hope to achieve:

Town Hall will focus on community concerns ranging from Affordability,
Job Development and Education to Transportation and Zoning. During this
meeting, our working group will solicit feedback from the community on
recommendations to proposed plans of action for achieving our goals.
This will be a working session where everyone is encouraged to
participate in smaller breakout “charrette” groups, honing in on
specific topics of interest or issues.  Feedback from the smaller
sessions will help further refine our wider action plan for the
community.  Bilingual translation will be made available.  As with all
CWG meetings, everyone is welcome to attend.

Tonight's planning meeting will be held at American Legion Post 1291, 191-193 Canal Street. It begins at 6pm.

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