March 16, 2017

How neighborhoods could be hit by Trump’s budget cuts

After city investments and federal money helped to revitalize some stores, they say that private investments followed and the neighborhood improved.

March 16, 2017

Boston Mayor, Residents Concerned by Trump’s Budget

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.

December 13, 2016

Ed Gaskin

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,…

September 22, 2016

Bizs face hurdles to liquor licenses

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.

May 5, 2016

OneUnited looks for reinvention with falling profits and deposits – The Boston Globe

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.

April 26, 2016

Facing political pressure, Amazon to offer same-day delivery to Roxbury in ‘coming weeks’

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.

March 12, 2015

HUD program brings funds to Grove Hall social services

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.

May 21, 2014

Boston Redevelopment Authority changes aimed at transparency

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.

April 17, 2014

Mayor Martin Walsh announces increase in Boston Main Streets funding

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.

April 9, 2014

Boston launches Wicked Free Wi-Fi network starting in Grove Hall – The Boston Globe

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.

April 3, 2014

News Briefs

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.

March 12, 2014

Main Streets Director Ed Gaskin sees bright future for Grove Hall

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.

February 13, 2014

Grove Hall advocates look to increase connections to the community

As development comes to Roxbury and specifically Grove Hall, advocates for the community are looking for ways to improve the neighborhood’s infrastructure to increase economic development, support existing businesses and attract new ones, and encourage outsiders to visit the bustling urban area.

January 1, 2014

Ed Gaskin new executive director of Greater Grove Hall Main Streets

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.

December 30, 2013

Greater Grove Hall Main Streets names new executive director

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.

October 7, 2013

Greater Grove Hall Main Streets moves forward with hiring new executive director

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 group’s board are moving forward with the process to select a new executive director.

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