Friday, June 10, 2011
Video of June 9th Protest Rally Against The Proposed Chinatown BID
Video by George Lou, Chinatown resident
We'd like to thank George for donating his time to document this historic event, thanks George!
This is a quote from Wellington Chen, Exec. Dir. of Chinatown Partnership LDC in an attempt to diminish the efforts of hardworking tax-paying property owners in Chinatown who have to work against his world-class lobbyist in order to be heard:
"Chen believes Chinatown is at a crossroads. It has the choice of rallying around a BID, of keeping the streets clean and of protecting the neighborhood for decades to come. Or, he said, the community can remain divided and it can forfeit the chance for self-improvement for many years.
“Who in their right mind would try to try this again?” he asked.
He told me opponents of the BID are loud and skilled at the game of media manipulation, but that they represent a tiny constituency." from www.thelodownny.com
Who are the ones really in charge of media manipulation? The community who is out on the street or the CPLDC who hires professional lobbyists who work for Real Estate Developers?
In 2010 and again in 2011 Chinatown Partnership LDC hired Rubenstein Public Relations to promote the Chinatown B.I.D.
and The Chinatown Partnership LDC whose purpose is to professionally target and lobby City Council Members to Vote "yes" to approve the Chinatown B.I.D.