Imagine West Roxbury Report

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West Roxbury Main Streets, MAPC Release West Roxbury Community Vision
Final report reflects input of community members, businesses on future of neighborhood
West Roxbury –

The final results of a months-long process to engage the West
Roxbury community in envisioning the neighborhood’s future are in, thanks to a
collaborative effort among the City of Boston, West Roxbury Main Streets (WRMS) and
the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).
MAPC staff worked with residents, business owners and other stakeholders of the West
Roxbury Business District this year to develop a guiding vision for the area around
Centre and Spring streets, which serves as the cultural and social backbone of the
community. MAPC and WRMS conducted focus groups, open houses, surveys and
community meetings to gather input and learn more about what West Roxbury’s
residents, businesses, and visitors feel are the key qualities that will continue to make
the area’s main streets a vibrant, diverse, and inviting commercial destination.
Now, the results of that engagement – including data, vision statements, goals and
aspirations for West Roxbury’s future — have been compiled into a visionary,
opportunity-focused final report, available online at imagine-west-roxbury-final-aug16. This program was recently reported on Boston Network News and can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK5PelB_5eE&feature=youtu.be.

“The feedback in this report provides business owners, the city and residents with a
vision and a road map for West Roxbury's future. I look forward to working together to
make all of West Roxbury's commercial districts vibrant and thriving while meeting the
needs of the neighborhood,” said Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley. “I continue to be
impressed with the work of the West Roxbury Main Streets board and I welcome new
Executive Director Danielle Joseph to the community.”

“West Roxbury Main Streets is thankful to the community for their participation in our
Imagine West Roxbury project. It was important for us to engage a wide variety of
individuals through our events and survey,” said West Roxbury Main Streets Chairman
Carl Koebler. “With over 700 participants, we received great insight into supporting and
enhancing West Roxbury. We look forward to working on many of the priorities
addressed in the report. We thank MAPC for all of their great work and dedication to the
Image West Roxbury project.”

 

For more information, contact West Roxbury Main Streets Executive Director Danielle
Joseph at director@wrms.org or 617-325- 6400 and Emily Torres-Cullinane, Project
Manager for MAPC, at etorres@mapc.org or 617-933- 0735. Visit www.mapc.org and
www.wrms.org for more.