By: Jenn Cartee On: May 12, 2017 In: Uncategorized Comments: 0

On Thursday evening some 70 neighborhood residents gathered at All Saints Church for a Dot Ave Visioning Session to discuss the future of our Boston Main Streets commercial corridor. The session was co-hosted by Greater Ashmont Main Street and the office of Boston City Clr. Andrea J. Campbell.

Studio G Architects facilitated the conversation which included neighborhood residents, Boston City Clr. Frank Baker and the Dorchester planner from the Boston Planning and Development Agency. This active visioning session used the Project for Public Spaces “What Makes a Great Place?” diagram as the basis for the discussion and work of the small groups. The evening provided an opportunity for residents from around Greater Ashmont to come to the table to consider the future of their neighborhood.

What’s next:

Greater Ashmont Main Street’s Development & Historic Preservation Committee volunteers will be working to collate and break out session newsprint to summarize before their next meeting on June 9. Look for a summary report out via our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor) and directly to the leadership of the district’s civic associations.

Followup plans are for two sets of weekend meetings over the summer months, each of which will go in depth for one hour on one of the four topics you can see in the Project for Public Spaces diagram, specifically:

Mtg Day # 1 (date TBD)
* Sociability
* Access & Linkages

Mtg Day # 2 (date TBD)
* Comfort & Image
* Uses & Activities

These sessions will use the Dot Ave Visioning’s work as the starting point. All our district neighbors are invited attend any or all of the four topics.

After those summer gatherings, we look forward to preparing a final document representing our collective vision for development of the Greater Ashmont MS commercial district, again, coming out of our Development & Historic Preservation committee. We hope to present this report at our Fall Meeting in October/November.

Photo credit: Erica Mattison