With last week’s defeat of the Suffolk Downs casino, who can help but wonder what the future holds for our city’s island neighborhood? Many had pinned their hopes to the proposal to create jobs, investment, and redevelopment.
But East Boston’s future is strong, guaranteed by a diverse citizenry, unique geography, and a spirit like no other Boston neighborhood. The challenge won’t be to find people willing to move in and invest; it will be making sure that future investments leverage what makes this community so special. The hope for a big, one-time payoff may be gone, but the chance for a sustained revitalization is as great as ever.