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Longwood Medical Area workers, residents to talk community improvements

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  April 5, 2013 05:05 PM

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Residents, local employees and medical students have a chance to share their ideas to improve the Longwood Medical Area as the Fenway Community Development Corporation continues its grassroots planning initiative to expand and re-envision its Urban Village Plan.

The Fenway CDC is hosting a meeting Wednesday, April 10, at Harvard Medical School’s Martin Conference Center to discuss ways to improve the neighborhood.

The organization wants to hear how institutions can partner with the community, how the LMA transportation system can be improved, if institutions would like to develop employee housing, and any other ideas, issues, or concerns attendees want to share.

“As members of the higher education and health care communities, together you are one of the economic engines of New England. We want to partner with you to expand economic opportunity for all in the Fenway and Mission Hill neighborhoods,” Fenway CDC said in a e-mail promoting the meeting.

Its Urban Village Plan is a long-range, resident-initiated vision for the Fenway neighborhood created in 2000 as a community response to the Red Sox proposal to expand Fenway Park and has guided much of the Fenway CDC’s work, according to the organization.

The organization has been hosting community meetings to hear from residents about how re-envision the plan.

The past two meetings—one in the West Fens and one in the East Fens--have been well attended by residents and local officials, Lilly Jacobson, a community planner for Fenway CDC, said in a e-mail.

The biggest issues discussed at the previous meetings, Jacobson said, were how to build community power across neighborhood groups and neighborhood boundaries, and how to form better relationships between institutions and the community.

The Longwood Medical Area meeting will be held in the Pechet Room of the conference center at 77 Ave Louis Pasteur.

The Fenway CDC is also asking residents to complete a survey online covering housing; institutions; growth and development; jobs and business community; transportation and access; and environment, open space and community space.

To learn more, RSVP to the meetings, or request a paper survey, residents can contact Fenway CDC’s community planner Lilly Jacobson at ljacobson@fenwaycdc.org or (617) 267-4637 x16.

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