Our Mayor, Our Roxbury
Roxbury, the historic center of Boston’s African-American community, has been the focus of great attention during the Menino Administration. The Mayor has put forward a dynamic plan for Roxbury’s growth through economic sustainability, education and public safety.
Mayor Menino proudly supported the creation of the Grove Hall Mecca Shopping Area, a project that emerged from the work of the Blue Hill Avenue Task Force. The retail center houses multiple local businesses as well as a major supermarket, bank and larger chain stores. Its creation spurred ongoing, nearby renovation and construction of housing, office space and retail activity along the lower Blue Hill Avenue area.
The Jeremiah Burke High School, once endangered with losing accreditation, found an ally in Mayor Menino as he directed over $40 million in renovations into the school. The improvements delivered a new community center, Branch Library (open to the community and to students), gymnasium, visual and performing art center and new computer labs. Following the Mayor’s involvement, college acceptance rates at the school significantly increased and the threat of accreditation loss was eliminated.
Mayor Menino believes in extended educational investment beyond basic classroom hours, and has advocated for after-school programming. With support from the city’s Timothy Smith Fund, a growing number of community technology centers across Roxbury introduce families and children to the Internet and help reduce the “digital divide”, a long-time mayoral priority.
Looking ahead, the Mayor has set his sights on a comprehensive plan for continued vibrancy in Roxbury. In Dudley Square, he is working with local residents and the Main Streets program to boost the local economy. At the top of the list is the reconstruction of historic Ferdinand’s Building, where city agencies are slated to relocate, and the construction of a new police station. Other completed projects include the reconstruction of the Orchard Park Development into Orchard Gardens, the construction of the nearby Orchard Gardens School and the renovation of the historic Dartmouth Hotel. With this plan in place, Roxbury continues to be a priority for Mayor Menino, and a strong neighborhood with a bright future ahead.