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Mayoral hopefuls urged to share their vision for Egleston, other Main St. districts

A view of Washington Street in Egleston Square.

Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

A view of Washington Street in Egleston Square.

Sunday’s article on Boston mayoral candidate Martin Walsh’s visit to Egleston Square highlights the vibrancy of the district, with families patronizing businesses and merchants studying English as a second language, but the article also notes challenges faced by districts like ours (“Walsh sees the neglect, and promise, of a bustling square that needs help,” Page A1).

These challenges can be addressed through: increased efficiency and transparency in licensing and permitting; increased small-business financing; more equitable, efficient public infrastructure improvements throughout the city; and increased services for those struggling with substance abuse, mental health, and other challenges.

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The Egleston walking beat officer is a key part of reducing crime and increasing safety. Walking beats in each district will lead to more vibrant communities.

A coalition of Main Street organizations has presented these recommendations to both Walsh and fellow mayoral candidate John Connolly.

When Walsh visited Egleston Square, the executive director was out assisting a business. However, we would have been happy to have told him about our work, including a farmers market, parade, storefront improvements, and trainings. These initiatives, in collaboration with local organizations and the city, have transformed Egleston into a livable, vibrant business district.

I encourage both candidates for mayor to return before and after the election to share their visions for Egleston Square and the Main Street districts citywide.

Solomon Lemma

Co-president

Egleston Square Main Street

Roxbury

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