Letter from Mayor Menino -
Welcome to Chinatown! I am pleased to join the Chinatown Main Streets program in presenting this directory of services. Whether you are coming from across the country, from nearby suburbs, or are new to the neighborhood, Chinatown has so much to offer its residents and visitors. I think you will discover that the many organizations included in this comprehensive guide reflect Chinatown's vitality and diversity. One often hears that Boston is a city rich in tradition, actually Boston is a city rich in many traditions. Chinatown remains the focal point of the Asian community in Boston and for all of New England. Every year people come to Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese New Year as well as other cultural festivals. On weekends, people come for the great restaurants - not only Chinese, but also Asian cuisines. When I go to Chinatown, I see generations eating dim sum together, or shopping for groceries together in the Asian markets.
As Chinatown undergoes one of the most impressive transformations in the entire city, the Chinatown Main Streets program continues to create many unique ways to help support and promote the neighborhood's commercial districts. I want to congratulate the merchants, residents and civic leaders whose collaborative efforts have been instrumental in Chinatown Main Streets' accomplishments so far. Their sustained support will make Chinatown an even better place to live, work and conduct business.
THOMAS M. MENINO
Chinatown Main Street