Boston’s Next Mayor Must Put Words into Action

Black and Brown Communities Need Investments to Build Opportunities By Emilio Dorcely | Special to Banker & Tradesman | May 16, 2021 Dismantling the structures that perpetuate inequities for Bostonians should be a high priority for the next mayor. Creating opportunities to build wealth in Black and Brown households, developing communities that move families from poverty toward intergenerational wealth, and investing in the infrastructure that will further […]


Board approves initial Mildred Hailey rebuild, will include replacement of 253 existing public-housing units, creation of 420 new apartments in Jackson Square

The view from the new Lamartine Street. Rendering by Stantec and Dream Collaborative. The BPDA board today approved plans by developers to raze several buildings at the sprawling Mildred Hailey Apartments complex in Jamaica Plain and replace their current 253 Section 8 apartments with all new units – and add 420 additional income-restricted apartments and […]


Past Dorothy Richardson honoree says award gave her confidence and determination

Girls and teens used to meet in Sharon Curry’s living room. First there were eight. Then 12. Then 30, and Curry’s house was bursting at the seams with girls meeting for Girls to Teens to Women for discussions and mentoring. “I took it to the backyard, then to the park,” says Curry, who lives in […]


Mayor Walsh Proposes 42% Increase In Development Linkage Fees To Support Affordable Housing, Workforce Traing

BOSTON – Tuesday, February 9, 2021 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced a 42 percent increase in the Linkage fees collected by large scale commercial developments over 100,000 square feet in Boston to support the creation of affordable housing and workforce development programs. The increased rate of $15.39 per square foot, of which $13.00 […]


Shut out: What buyers of color need to close the homeownership gap

By Jim Morrison | Boston.com Correspondent | December 8, 2020 After going through a difficult divorce in 2017, Niva Cruz and her three teenagers were forced to move out of their Boston home. “I struggled to find an affordable apartment in the city where I raised my children,’’ Cruz said. She eventually found a two-bedroom […]


Urban Edge Begins Construction on Holtzer Park

62 New Units of Affordable Housing To Be Built in Jamaica Plain With the Support of Funders       Boston, Mass. (December 3, 2020) – Urban Edge is announcing today that construction has begun on Holtzer Park, a 62-unit affordable housing development near Jackson Square in Jamaica Plain.  Holtzer Park is part of the Boston […]


First BPDA meeting on Mildred Hailey Development

By Richard Heath|Boston Bulletin Staff Reporter| November 19, 2020   The first of what will undoubtedly be a series of Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) Article 80large project review meetings was held virtually on Nov. 5 attended by 61 callers.  Introduced by BPDA project man-ager Dana Whiteside, The Community Builders (TCB) project manager Laura […]


Urban Edge Board member Dr. Jeanette Callahan recognized by the local chapter of the National Council of Negro Women

Mayor Yvonne Spicer of Framingham is one of five women who will be honored for volunteerism and community service on Saturday by the Greater Boston Section of the National Council of Negro Women.BARRY CHIN A doctor, a mayor, and a community activist are among five women who will be honored for their volunteerism and service by […]


Building Our Way Out of Poverty – Urban Edge Urges Support of Pine Street Inn Supportive Housing Development

By Emilio Dorcely | Special to Banker & Tradesman | Oct 11, 2020 | We all know the statistics. Boston, for all of its overall wealth, still has a staggeringly high poverty rate – nearly 20 percent of people living in the city of Boston are poor, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That rate […]


Plans to remake Mildred Hailey housing complex advance

They call for eventually adding 437 apartments while also replacing 235 existing units on the Jamaica Plain site. By Tim Logan Globe Staff, Updated September 18, 2020, 3:20 p.m. A long-planned makeover of the Mildred Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain is starting to move forward. A trio of nonprofit developers have filed plans with the […]