December 22, 2010 East Boston Preservation Priority Plan
In spite of the cold, more than 20 East Boston residents and business owners gathered at the Central Square Social Center to discuss what was important to them about their neighborhood. The meeting, convened by the Neighborhood Preservation Partnership (a collaboration of Historic Boston Incorporated and the Boston Preservation Alliance), was the last of several meetings held in East Boston to determine the historic preservation priorities for this unique Boston neighborhood.
The crowd ranged from long-time East Boston residents, whose families had lived there for generations, to new residents attracted to the neighborhood by its proximity to downtown Boston and its attractive, affordable real estate. All of those who attended were interested in preserving certain buildings and character defining places that make East Boston distinctive. Shelby Graham, of Historic Boston, presented an overview of several buildings in the East Boston Main Street district (Maverick and Central Squares), selected to become part of the East Boston Commercial Casebook chapter. Erica Lindamood, of the Boston Preservation Alliance, shared a list of places that had been suggested for inclusion in a greater East Boston Preservation Priority Plan at prior neighborhood association meetings and on a Mobile Workshop walking tour held earlier this fall.
To read more about the Neighborhood Preservation Partnership in East Boston, please see this article from the Boston Globe.