Uphams Corner News.
Recently at meetings in Upham’s Corner, residents discussed pedestrian safety and identified what they call “a dangerous crosswalk” in the very heart of the business district.
“Crossing Columbia Road from the Pilgrim Church to the Strand Theatre is a nightmare.”
The Upham’s Corner Improvement Association decided to take on this intersection as a project and contacted Upham’s Corner News to do some investigation.
The “Farm to Store” pilot in the Bowdoin Geneva neighborhood has launched! You can now find organic, local produce from The Food Project in two neighborhood corner stores – Shop Smart (formerly Caribbean Market) on Bowdoin Street and Sobrino’s Market on Geneva Ave. More stores should be carrying local produce as the summer goes on and the variety of produce available is greater.
Help support these stores and show them you’re interested in buying local! You can also check out this BNN video of the Bowdoin Street Health Center Senior Healthy Champions delivering the produce and talking about why it’s important for corner stores to carry high quality produce: http://vimeo.com/26765568.
As part of the Boston Complete Streets Initiative, a group of interested residents explored the walking environment along a mile or so of Dorchester Avenue on a recent hot summer day. The Neighborhood Walk helped investigate how the city’s current Dorchester Avenue Improvement Project fits into the citywide effort to create streets that are multi-modal, green and smart and demonstrated how they support a healthy, active lifestyle. The walk was led by Mark Fenton, host of the TV series “America’s Walking” and one of the country’s leading experts on the relationship between walking, street design and public health. The group learned how we can make our streets more safe and comfortable for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists while improving sustainability and making use of new technology where appropriate. Pre-walk presentations (see related presentations here; DEHC will add Complete Streets presentations as received) stressed the importance of active living for health and fitness. Continue Reading »
Please join SMAMS, Fields Corner Main Street, Boston Transportation Dept and Boston Public Health Commission for a “Complete Streets” Neighborhood Walk from Fields Corner to Peabody Square on Tuesday, July 19! Meet at The Lenane Building, 1452 Dorchester Ave in Fields Corner at 5:30 p.m. The walk leader will be Mark Fenton, host of the “America’s Walking” PBS TV series and one of the country’s leading experts on the relationship among walking, street design and public health. Read on for contact information and details of the walk.
The Dorchester Community Food Coop is a new initiative to bring food access to Dorchester: if successful, a physical store & a host of innovative workshops, programming, member benefits and community enrichment plans will all come into being within the next 2-3 years. In order to educate the community of Dorchester about food cooperatives and recruit those willing to share the information with their neighbors, the “Dot Comm Coop” held an Ambassador Training on Thursday June 30, at the Codman Square Library. Watch the Powerpoint presentation shown at the 6/30 meeting here, check out a Food Coop Flyer, or read on for answers to frequently asked questions.
After weeks of coordination (and many last minute changes) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) visited three sites in Dorchester and Roxbury on June 21, 2011, with a whole caravan of “alphabet soup” government agencies, including the Department of Commerce, Department of Education (DOE), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Labor (DOL) Health and Human Services (HHS) and more. These federal agencies joined the City of Boston and numerous community partners (Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, DEHC, Health Resources In Action, Greater Four Corners Action Coalition, Nuestra CDC, the Urban League of Eastern MA, Youth Build Boston, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, The Food Project and others) on a tour of innovative economic, educational and environmental developments in inner city Boston. For descriptions of 2/3 sites, read on. Continue Reading »