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Allston / Brighton

 Our Mayor, Our Allston/Brighton

“It’s all in Allston.” That’s the slogan of Mayor Menino’s Allston-Brighton Main Streets program, where the home of some of the nation’s first ever streetcar lines have become a vibrant, diverse business and residential center. Two of the city’s 19 Main Streets districts lay within the Allston and Brighton neighborhoods, home to a lively mix of international restaurants, retail spots and music venues, as well as Brighton Center’s gateway to distinctive homes and parks.

Allston-Brighton knows neighborhood revitalization – Mayor Menino introduced the full-service Honan Branch Library in Allston, a neighborhood gathering center that is often used as a community meeting place. 

Affordable housing is a top concern for Allston-Brighton’s diverse residents. The Mayor’s efforts led to the creation of fifty new affordable apartments at the Honan Apartments, and he helped preserve reasonably priced rents in buildings on Commonwealth, Glenville and Long Avenues with city funding assistance.

The Mayor’s Grow Boston Greener initiative beautifies and greens the neighborhood, including recent projects at the Brighton Public Library and Veronica B. Smith Senior Center, and new trees planted along Western Avenue and North Avenue.

Menino is set to present loan to Geekhouse Bike Co.

The Boston Globe

March 19, 2009

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a sometime biking enthusiast, is scheduled today to present Geekhouse Bike Co. a check for a $70,000 loan from the Boston Local Development Corp., his office said.

Founded in 2004, Geekhouse is an Allston-based bicycle manufacturing business that produces bicycle frames for riders who seek a custom built product.

Geekhouse offers seven models of stock bike frames that can be customized by adding a variety of features, both mechanical and esthetic, and it sells those frames to individuals, retail stores, and international distributors, the mayor's office said in a media advisory.

"While our original frames were designed in-house and outsourced for manufacturing, our newest line of frames are now being both designed and hand-crafted by yours truly in our new work space in Allston, Mass.," Martin Walsh of Geehouse noted on the company's website.

Boston Local Development Corp. "provides loans of up to $150,000 for businesses in, orrelocating to, the City of Boston," a spokeswoman for the mayor wrote in an e-mail. "These loans can be used when buying a new business property, purchasing equipment and machinery, constructing an addition to an existing plant, making leasehold improvements, or providing working capital to grow your business."

Last updated Apr 22 2009 06:27 PM

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