Another major project is harming the Seattle Chinatown International District (Chinatown, Japantown, Little Saigon): Sound Transit wants to take 3 blocks from the National Register Chinatown Historic District again.
· Emphasizing 5th Avenue is a better route than 4th Avenue in presentations through selective criteria, e.g. resident displacement: 120 for 4th Avenue, 0 for 5th Avenue.
· Blocking community members from being in the CID Community Advisory Group.
· Not explaining what “full closure of King Street or Weller Street” means to the CID.
· Not explaining how businesses on King Street, Weller Street will be permanently moved, disrupting community life, residents; 1200 elderly and 300 businesses.
· Sending agents to 5th Avenue and King Street business owners, offering moving money to begin 5+ year construction plan.
· Incomplete plans presented for 4th Avenue options.
· Concluding that demolition and construction “will not impact neighborhood cohesion,” AKA community life.
· Full closure of King Street, S. Weller and 5th Avenue for several years.
· Re-routing cars, buses, to 6th, Maynard, 7th, 8th, 10th & 12th.
· Gas, water, electrical shut offs to businesses, nonprofits and residents.
· Traffic detours throughout Chinatown, Japantown, Little Saigon.
· Daily dump trucks, cement trucks, cranes, supply trucks, delivery vehicles in CID.
· Construction workers taking parking from businesses.
· Increased noise & air pollution, dust, dirt, vibrations.
· Taking property from owners of color for demolition and resale after construction.
· Endangering lives of 1,200 elderly by blocking access/egress for emergency vehicles with street/sidewalk closures and detours.
· Permanent changes to National Register Seattle Chinatown Historic District—loss of 3 blocks, in addition to prior loss of 3 blocks for Transit Tunnel
· Disruptions to 300 businesses already battered by the pandemic, higher than ever anti-Asian hate crimes, criminal violence.
· Disruptions to 30 immigrant businesses permanently closed or forced to move.
· Disruptions to schools, daycares, programs serving thousands of children and youth.
· Disruptions to programs, classes, recreation for 1,200 elderly non-English speakers.
Email the Seattle City Council email@example.com,
Sound Transit Board firstname.lastname@example.org,
and CC Seattle Equity Team Lead Nicole.email@example.com
1. Begin with: To Sound Transit Board Members and Seattle City Council Members,
2. Choose 2 or 3 impacts from the bulleted list in our About section.
3. Conclusion: tell Sound Transit to take 5th Ave. off the table. "Move Forward on 4th!"
To Sound Transit Board Members and Seattle City Council Members,
Full closure of King Street, S. Weller and 5th Avenue for several years, with increased noise & air pollution, dust, dirt, vibrations in the CID is unacceptable. Not to mention disruptions to 30 immigrant businesses permanently closed or forced to move due to 5th Avenue construction.
Sound Transit, take 5th Ave. off the table. 4th Ave Tunnel Station avoids 5th Ave impacts! Move Forward on 4th!
Community activists Betty Lau and Brien Chow share their deep concern over the future of Seattle's Historic Chinatown International District (CID) with the proposed expansion of Sound Transit's light rail system.
HSD staff Community Preservation Associate MaryKate Ryan provides an overview of the Sound Transit West Seattle Ballard Link Extension Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement to the Historic South Downtown Board.
Sound Transit West Seattle Ballard Link Extension Project committee meeting.
2022年3月2日，小元主持，嘉宾： Betty Lau、Ali Lee、李伟、谭德成