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New report sheds light on the Fairmount Indigo Corridor

Posted by Patrick Rosso  December 28, 2012 02:24 PM

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A new report about the Fairmount Indigo Corridor, which stretches from South Station to Hyde Park, provides a snapshot of life along the 9.2-mile commuter rail line.

Since February the Boston Redevelopment Authority, its consultant group, and community members have been brainstorming ways to invigorate business, investment, and community participation along the line that cuts through Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park.

The new report, released Friday, provides a complete economic and social profile of the corridor with data and trends on demographics, business, transportation, infrastructure, and quality of life.

According to the BRA, the new information will be used to help guide the ongoing Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative, which will eventually provide recommendations for future development and investment in the corridor.

From the current ridership of the line to the unemployment rate in the boarding neighborhoods, the report highlights the challenges ahead of the group and the already established resources along the corridor.

Some highlights from the report: The corridor is home to 16 community centers, five Boston Public Library branches, and 35 Boston Public Schools; twenty-one percent of the housing along the corridor is affordable; and the corridor houses nearly one-fifth of Boston’s population.

A copy of the report, which was prepared in partnership with the BRA, the city’s Department of Neighborhood Development, and the Metropolitan Planning Are Council, can be found here.


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