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Margaret S. Chin
NYC Council Member, District 1 Manhattan
165 Park Row, Suite 11
New York, New York 10038
Re: OPPOSITION to the proposed SoHo BID
Dear Councilmember Chin:
I am writing to express my OPPOSITION to the proposed Broadway SoHo Business Improvement District (BID), an unnecessary plan covering properties along Broadway from Houston Street to Canal Street.
As a SoHo resident, I can see that this unnecessary BID plan is NOT the way to govern our neighborhood. I urge you, as my elected representative, to hold firm to the statement you made in 2009 when you were a candidate for City Council:
“I am running for City Council again because I feel very strongly that New York City should not be a place just for the wealthy and that our government should be accountable and accessible to its people.”
The BID proponents aim to minimize the voice of our local community and change the way that SoHo is governed. Beyond their narrow focus on retail business at street level, those behind the BID have shown little to no interest in the lives and businesses that exist all along Broadway. Most importantly, the Broadway SoHo BID is not needed or wanted.
I urge you to stand with your constituents in SoHo and REJECT this bad BID plan.