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.
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.