Bowery Boogie: Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side Invites Mayor de Blasio to Saturday’s Town Hall Meeting Against Displacement

By Elie

The broad community-based coalition is hosting a town hall at Seward Park High School on Saturday to discuss neighborhood displacement and demand that City Hall endorse the Chinatown Working Group Rezoning Plan.

Organizers invited Mayor de Blasio “to attend, calling on him to end Silver’s corrupt legacy of protecting real estate interests over the people’s interests by endorsing a community-led  rezoning plan.”

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The Villager: De Blasio’s L.E.S. / Chinatown tale of two cities

By Diem Boyd

Under de Blasio’s plan, the rapid sprawl of gilded glass towers piercing the skyline will rob everyday New Yorkers of affordability, history, sunlight and perhaps most important, their precious sense of community and neighborhoods.

A comprehensive citywide affordable housing plan is long overdue, but de Blasio’s proposal is disproportionately favorable to luxury developers. A community-led rezoning, like the Chinatown Working Group Rezoning Plan, is clearly the sensible alternative.

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