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Can We Save The Fenway?

We Saved Fenway Park, Now Can We Save The Fenway?

What are YOUR neighborhood concerns? Affordable housing? Institutional expansion? Disability access? Community Space? We want to know! The Fenway CDC is in the early stages of a grassroots planning initiative to expand and re-envision our Urban Village Plan. The Urban Village Plan is a long-range, resident-initiated vision for the Fenway neighborhood. The document emerged in 2000 as a proactive community response to the Red Sox proposal to expand Fenway Park.  The plan has guided much of the Fenway CDC’s work since then, and is regularly referenced by developers and city officials.

However, the neighborhood is currently under siege by private market-rate development, and universities that are growing without taking community needs into consideration.  Families and low-income residents are being priced out of the Fenway, and the neighborhood’s character and diversity is being threatened. We need a comprehensive, community-led planning initiative to save the Fenway!

Start off by taking our “Fenway Neighborhood Visioning Survey,” which is available online at www.fenwaycdc.org, or contact Lilly Jacobson for a paper version (see Lilly’s contact information below).  Then attend one of our 3 upcoming community meetings in the West Fens, East Fens, or LMA to make your voice heard:

·         West Fens: Wednesday, February 20th, 6-8pm at Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston Street, 9th Floor.

·         East Fens: Tuesday, March 19th, 6-8pm at St. Cecilia’s Parish Hall, 18 Belvidere Street.

·         LMA: TBA, in April

To RSVP or find out more information, contact Lilly Jacobson at [email protected] or (617) 267-4637 x16.

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