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EVENT: Take Steps for Chinatown
EVENT DATE: Sep 08, 2012
Steps for Chinatown is an event celebrating the efforts of Chinatown tenants and activists who succeeded in making sure that community voices were represented in the development of the East Waterfront in New York City. Participants from all over the city will form teams to walk the length of the waterfront, learn more about the campaign that brought community voices to the development process, and support ongoing efforts to increase community input in the planning of our neighborhoods.
Why we are here:
● People should have a voice in what their neighborhoods look like. These people know their neighborhoods best and know what their communities need in order to thrive. Too often in NYC, land development and new construction plans often exclude the voices of local communities. But residents of Chinatown spoke up and are using their voices to ensure that the development of Chinatown is accountable to the people that live here.
● We are celebrating communities coming together in Chinatown to make decisions about what our neighborhood looks like. Our landmark victory in Chinatown is a blueprint for participatory planning in NYC and other urban areas in which communities are tapped as resources and decision-makers in how their neighborhoods are developed.
● Chinatown is a cultural landmark. But people live here too. We need to make sure that NYC invests in all of the people that make this city great. Ensuring their health and livelihood is good for NYC and our economy.
● A diverse New York City is what makes our city great, and what draws people here. Gentrification and economic policy that prioritizes luxury development over the needs ofthe majority of New Yorkers is threatening our great cultural legacy and our diversity. We need policies and plans that involve all residents - not just the richest among us - in the process of deciding what we need and where resources go.
● This is a milestone for New York City for participatory, democratic planning of space.
● We are enjoying the fruits of our victory and envisioning what’s next for community
participation in development. What we are doing:
● We are walking in support of the residents of Chinatown who are using their voices to build a neighborhood that’s good for their communities. Healthy communities equals a healthy NYC.
● Just as walking is good for your health, community engagement is good for the health of NYC.