Our Mayor, Our Mattapan
As a resident of neighboring Hyde Park, Mayor Menino realizes Mattapan’s great potential and is working with the neighborhood to build a strong foundation for the future. Mattapan is the site of the state of the art Mildred Avenue Community Center, one of three new schools built during the Menino Administration, and the recently opened Mattapan Branch Library.
As the neighborhood in Boston with the highest population of youth, the new $16.7 million Mattapan Branch Library will certainly be put to use, especially with the largest library teen center in the city. The Mayor believes this library will enrich Blue Hill Avenue and Mattapan as a whole saying, that with the new library Mattapan is “….a more connected and well-rounded neighborhood. I think it’s really exciting.”
The Mayor’s Mattapan Economic Development Initiative engaged community members to work with city agencies on improving business districts, job creation and increased capital investment. The program helped Mattapan businesses improve their economic health and public appearance.
As the former Boston State Hospital site is redeveloped to include new housing and institutional uses, Mayor Menino has advocated strongly for the preservation of green space there. Today, the Boston Nature Center, the new George Robert While Environmental Conservation Center, and the Clark-Cooper Community Gardens are an important natural and educational resource for residents.
Looking ahead, one of the Mayor’s top transportation priorities will become a reality, as the MBTA upgrades the Indigo commuter rail line. The Morton Street Station upgrade will stimulate the local economy while providing quick and efficient downtown transit.