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“There’re not many green places in Chinatown,” Lee Kee said.
Kee, 68, is a retired employee of a nearby Asian supermarket.
“The City of Boston has planted plenty of maidenhair trees in Chinatown, including the park,” Lee said. “The maidenhair trees can absorb the polluted air emission from traffic, which helps.”
Mary Soo Hoo Park attracts many elderly Chinese residents who play chess and cards with friends. It provides a perfect place for old friends to gather.
“There’re several Cantonese pastry stores near the park, and that probably counts as a reason for its popularity,” Lee said.
At night, Lee volunteers for the Boston Chinatown Crime Watch.
“The A-1 district of the Boston Police will assign officers to patrol this area,” Larry Young said.
Young is a former journalist of Sing Dao Daily.
“Also, we feel safe when there’s a car with a BPD’s logo that parks near the Chinatown Gate,” Young said.