After city investments and federal money helped to revitalize some stores, they say that private investments followed and the neighborhood improved.
Boston’s mayor and some of its residents blasted President Trump’s proposed federal budget Thursday, concerned by what it will mean for people who benefit from programs in the city. “This is not a responsible budget,” Mayor Marty Walsh said. “This is a reckless budget, and it’s a heartless budget.
My recent testimony at Boston City Hall on creating a Green Innovation District, developing an urban manufacturing strategy based on creating opportunities for residents of Roxbury, Dorchester,…
The neighborhood-restricted liquor license program dropped the financial barrier that had blocked some restaurateurs from becoming authorized to serve alcohol. As this restriction was lifted, a host of other barriers emerged that prevent many from even reaching the point of license application.
OneUnited Bank opened its Grove Hall branch in 2007 to much fanfare, with a visit from the mayor and promises by bank officials to rejuvenate the Roxbury neighborhood and lend hundreds of millions of dollars to the Boston community. The reality has been much more sober for the country’s largest African-American-owned bank.
Facing heaps of political pressure, Amazon on Tuesday announced it plans to bring same-day delivery service to Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. The company had excluded the predominantly minority neighborhood in its same-day coverage area. “We are actively working with our local carrier to enable service to the Roxbury neighborhood in the coming weeks.
In the next few weeks the city’s Department of Neighborhood Development will begin accepting applications for federal funding for economic development projects in the Grove Hall area. The process will begin when the DND releases its formal Request for Proposals (RFP), the letter the agency sends out to community groups as the first step in the development process to solicit applications for the projects.
The administration of Mayor Martin Walsh announced changes to the Boston Redevelopment Authority last week officials say will bring greater transparency to the development process. Brian Golden, acting director of the BRA, said the city felt an important step in improving its main development authority was to get information out to the public earlier in the development and approval process.
Mayor Martin Walsh gave a big boost to Boston Main Streets organizations, announcing that funding will increase $400,000 city-wide for their efforts to support local businesses. Walsh’s budget has allocated $75,000 for each of the city’s 20 Main Street organizations, which is a 30 percent increase from last year.
The network dubbed Wicked Free Wi-Fi will bring Internet connectivity to an area of Boston where many families live in public housing and can’t afford speedy broadband, giving anyone with a smartphone or a capable PC the chance to log on and browse the Web for free of charge.
A Worcester Federal Court jury awarded a settlement to a woman who filed a federal rights claim against Worcester Police Officer Jeremy Smith, charging him with false arrest and assault and battery. The plaintiff, Wakeelah Cocroft, of Chicago, was a passenger in a car driven by her sister, who was pulled over into a gas station by Officer Smith and charged with speeding.
When Ed Gaskin talks about Boston’s Grove Hall, he sees the community’s assets first and foremost – its proximity to Franklin Park with its golf course and zoo, a newly-constructed nearby commuter rail station, the surrounding housing stock of stately one- and two-family Victorians, and commercial anchors like the One United Bank and Bank of America branches and the Grove Hall Mecca Mall.
As development comes to Roxbury and specifically Grove Hall, advocates for the community are looking for ways to improve the neighborhoodâ€™s infrastructure to increase economic development, support existing businesses and attract new ones, and encourage outsiders to visit the bustling urban area.
The Greater Grove Hall Main Streets has hired Ed Gaskin as executive director. His unique skill set and experience working with us to further our economic development agenda in the Greater Grove Hall market means that more and more businesses in the Grove Hall community can learn about the services the city provides through the Main Streets program.
Ed Gaskin, the former chief operating officer of the Boston TenPoint Coalition, has been named the new executive director of the Greater Grove Hall Main Streets, which has been without a director for over a year.
After Axel Starke, the former executive director of the Greater Grove Hall Main Streets, left the organization a little more than a year ago, the city and members of groupâ€™s board are moving forward with the process to select a new executive director.