Reportback from ISRD Meeting on proposed demo of Bush Garden

Tuesday’s International Special Review District (ISRD) Board meeting on the proposed demolition of the historic Bush Garden building for a 17-story luxury development was troubling to say the least. We wanted to share a few of our concerns and takeaways: Vibrant Cities & James Wong are clearly coordinating with other developers and supporters of speculative … Continue reading Reportback from ISRD Meeting on proposed demo of Bush Garden

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Press Release: CID Coalition Supports I-1000

The Chinatown International District (CID) Coalition supports I-1000 – an initiative that will promote equal opportunity and shared success to everyone in Washington state through better wages, jobs, and affordable, quality higher education by amending a 1998 state ban on equal opportunity programs. It has come to our attention that a lobbying group representing a … Continue reading Press Release: CID Coalition Supports I-1000

Dear Gentrifiers: You Did Not “Discover” the CID, So Stop Calling Us a “Hot, New Neighborhood”

We reached out to Seattle Magazine on April 12, to share our concerns that their March cover story advertising the "secret sweet spots" in Chinatown-International District, Beacon Hill, Columbia City, Angle Lake, and other "Hot Neighborhoods" erases the communities of color who built these neighborhoods and feeds the displacement crisis in Seattle. Read our letter to … Continue reading Dear Gentrifiers: You Did Not “Discover” the CID, So Stop Calling Us a “Hot, New Neighborhood”

Protect the Chinatown International District Community from Runaway Development

Chinatown International District is at a crossroads. Down one possible path is a vibrant community of elders, youth, immigrants and workers thriving in a neighborhood that has survived despite 150 years of exclusion, redlining and city neglect. Down the other, the city and developers whitewash what Da-Li Development Chairman James Hsieh called the “old, dirty and … Continue reading Protect the Chinatown International District Community from Runaway Development

People Over Profit: Why We Say #NoKODA

As the first luxury high-rise in the Chinatown International District, KODA will trigger displacement of longtime residents, mom & pop businesses, cultural institutions and community organizations. The CID received the highest score of all Seattle neighborhoods for risk of displacement in the City's Seattle 2035 Growth and Equity report, while over 350 low-income API families … Continue reading People Over Profit: Why We Say #NoKODA

CID Community Protests Ground Breaking of First Luxury High Rise

Chinatown-International District (CID) Coalition, InterIm Community Development Association, and community members and residents protested the groundbreaking of KODA Condominiums on Thursday, February 28, in Seattle’s historic Nihonmachi (Japantown). Da Li Development and Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty broke ground on KODA Condominiums Thursday morning. KODA’s marketing and design team spoke to government officials and other invited … Continue reading CID Community Protests Ground Breaking of First Luxury High Rise

SAY NO TO GENTRIFICATION-17 story luxury condo by SOTHEBYS and international corporation DA-LI

KODA Condominiums, proposed to be built in Japantown/Nihonmachi on 5th & Main will ask for a CERTIFICATE OF APPROVAL for preliminary design and use: Proposed construction of a new 17-story mixed-use condominium (203 units) development, featuring ground floor retail and 3-levels of below-grade parking (75 stalls) on the site of an existing surface parking lot. … Continue reading SAY NO TO GENTRIFICATION-17 story luxury condo by SOTHEBYS and international corporation DA-LI

Chinatown/International District (CID) Coalition PRINCIPLES:

Justice and Equity “We're gonna preserve our neighborhood for the people who built it. Growth should come from within. We're the ones who should dictate that growth.” - Uncle Bob Santos Housing as a Human Right. Development without Displacement. Fair and Equal Access to Resources and Opportunities. Right to self-determination, community control, and collective ownership … Continue reading Chinatown/International District (CID) Coalition PRINCIPLES:

Open Letter: Community group questions rapid changes in Chinatown International District

"According to a survey we collected at the meeting, the vast majority of participants opposed the development and feel “bad” or “very bad” both about the proposed 14-story hotel on 8th and Lane, as well as how the City has generally engaged the community around issues of development. In response to the proposed development, the … Continue reading Open Letter: Community group questions rapid changes in Chinatown International District