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Our Mayor, Our Dorchester

Mayor Menino’s support for Dorchester has been strong and comprehensive. The Mayor’s reputation as an urban mechanic shines here, in Boston’s largest neighborhood.

Longtime improvements along Dorchester Avenue are a hallmark of this commitment, from Andrew Square to Lower Mills. Mayor Menino committed $12 million to improving this major artery. Upcoming phases of the program will rebuild major intersections at Fields and Glover’s Corners. The Mayor recently secured $13 million in stimulus funding for “Dot” Avenue construction. Ten intersections down Dorchester Ave will receive dedicated left-turn-only lanes and synchronized traffic lights. The Mayor also directed the Boston Transportation Department to reconstruct Peabody Square near Ashmont Station, a $2.8 million project currently in the design phase, which involved extensive community input.

During these difficult economic times, Mayor Menino fought to protect homeowners in heavily residential Dorchester. His recently-created Foreclosure Intervention Team (FIT) targeted the Hendry Street area, which suffered from a rash of foreclosures. The FIT enlisted new homeowners while it worked to retain existing residents, improving lighting, safety and public space while preventing crime.

The Mayor’s leadership has resulted in new housing and commercial development across Dorchester, from Main Streets commercial districts to planned, transit-oriented development along the MBTA’s Indigo Line and at Ashmont Station. Mayor Menino directed aid toward non-profits, such as the Bird Street Community Center and Viet Aid, for the development of new community centers servicing families, youth and seniors.

Other examples of the Mayor’s investments in the Dorchester area include the Grandparents Housing Program at Franklin Field Development, the reconstruction of the nearby Franklin Hill public housing development, and the Edward Everett School, where the Mayor’s Schoolyard Initiative turned concrete play areas into experiential learning space. Mayor Menino has been a champion of a healthy lifestyle, and in Dorchester, his administration has advanced a demonstration project with several schools to promote nutrition and reduce obesity and diabetes.

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