Our Mayor, Our Fenway
In an evolving Fenway community, Mayor Menino has worked to preserve neighborhood inclusiveness and affordability. Joint planning efforts between the Boston Redevelopment Authority, residents and civic groups have accomplished re-zoning with an aim toward creating an “urban village” feel. The Fenway Community Health Center has been relocated to a new building that also features housing and retail uses.
More housing is in the works along Brookline Avenue near Fenway Park. New entertainment venues along Lansdowne Street will stoke a year-round excitement for local merchants and residents that will persist even when the Sox enter the off-season.
While it is the most well known, Fenway Park isn’t the only park in the Fenway area. Thanks to Mayor Menino’s collaboration with neighbors, the old Sears Building parking lot became the picturesque Ramler Park and Bird Sanctuary. Mass Audubon heralded the park as a “Garden of Eden,” after the Mayor and the Parks Department worked alongside the Fenway Civic Association to create this urban oasis.