Empower Our Communities

The Fairmount Corridor campaign is all about organizing tenants and homeowners, local business owners and community groups to help shape the vision of the Fairmount Corridor and turn that vision into reality. Over 2,000 residents have spent hundreds of hours to attend public meetings, support rallies and petitions drives and attend planning forums.

We partner with many non-profits and community organizations to build power and secure resources to improve the lives of low and moderate income residents in the Fairmount Corridor. We are active members of the Fairmount Indigo Network (FIN), including 26 organizations that seek to achieve equity in improved transit, increased affordable housing and displacement prevention, and expanded economic opportunities.

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Successes

  • Youth and senior Healthy Community Champions organize in Uphams Corner and Codman Square to promote healthy living, including education and advocacy for increasing biking and walking, reducing pedestrian accidents, promoting healthy foods, and smoke free housing.
  • Quincy Corridor homeowners and tenants helped to guide the redevelopment of the Quincy Corridor, including the completed 129-unit Quincy Heights TOD new construction and preservation development, the Bornstein and Pearl Food Production Center, and new public infrastructure near the proposed 5th Columbia Rd. Station
  • Over 100 local residents signed petitions and attended zoning meetings to support the 27-unit TOD Residences at Fairmount Station by Southwest Boston CDC
  • The Talbot Triangle Neighborhood (TNT) Association participated in every step of design planning for the new Talbot Avenue Station and actively reviews designs for new TOD housing and mixed-use projects nearby
  • The Boston Project Ministries and TNT residents with Codman Square NDC lead the Talbot Eco-Innovation District LEED Neighborhood energy conservation initiative.
  • CDC Board members and hundreds of local residents participated in the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative (www.fairmountindigoplanning.org.)
  • Over 100 residents turned out for public hearings in spring 2014 to oppose Mass Bay Transportation Authority service cuts and increased fares.
  • 150 residents participated in MBTA design station planning meetings.
  • Over 700 residents have participated in the Fairmount Greenway planning

Young people in the Fairmount Corridor have a big stake in improving their neighborhoods and are involved in many of our campaigns. Youth lead organizing campaigns for public safety, neighborhood pride, cleaner and greener neighborhoods, healthy food, and summer jobs for youth. They also organize for better service on the Fairmount Indigo Line, help plan for new open spaces and anti-displacement efforts.

The Hyde Park Green Team of Southwest Boston CDC, recruits 15-17 local youth each growing season for an environmental awareness and skills training program. Youth learn about environmentally sound landscaping, water quality testing and the environmental and health benefits of bicycling to get where they need to go.

The STARS program of Codman Square NDC develops youth leadership and builds academic and organizing skills. The original “Smart and Talented Adolescents Reaching for Success” afterschool program evolved into a STARS II Leadership Class, a STARS Reading Club, and a STARS Summer Camp. STARS II Leadership Classes are held in the summer and are coordinated with other neighborhood improvement efforts such as undertaking an inventory of vacant lots with support from the Urban Ecology Institute (UEI) as part of the broader green space planning in the neighborhood.

The Youth Force program of Dorchester Bay EDC, is a youth leadership initiative that trains local teens to be community leaders and organizers. Those youth then train other local teens to be leaders and organizers in their own neighborhoods. The program uses a community organizing framework and focuses on building youth leaders, youth relationships and youth power. Members learn organizing skills such as meeting facilitation, campaign work, power analysis and research actions.

Youth Force is engaged in a youth jobs campaign and building membership. A big win was securing $20,000 of local funds in after-school jobs funding. Youth Force helped build a massive Youth Jobs Coalition, which has turned out over 1000 teens each year to protect and grow the state budget for youth programs after school.