For Immediate Release
July 26, 2010
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today joined the Hyde Park Main Streets Board and members of the Hyde Park community to celebrate the district’s 15th anniversary at a fundraising event dubbed Destination Hyde Park, which took place at the George Wright Golf Course Clubhouse on West Street in Hyde Park. Guests enjoyed the music of Daniel Ian Smith’s Jazz Quartet, as well as performances by Riverside Theatre Works, and the music of local disk jockey Kevin Stallings.
In presenting “Recognition Awards” to former Hyde Park Main Streets executive directors Janice Kenney, and Karen O’Connell, and past board presidents Norman Williamson, Brian Clinton, Lisa Consalvo and Scott Batey, Mayor Menino lauded community members for their commitment to the neighborhood, and thanked them for their dedication to Hyde Park Main Streets.
“Tonight we gather to celebrate Hyde Park Main Streets and 15 years of collaborative success. The Main Streets program is a real team effort, and all of us have had a part in making Hyde Park Main Streets the success that it is today,” said Mayor Menino. “I want to thank Hyde Park Main Streets corporate sponsors Highland Street Foundation, Baystate Financial Services, Commonwealth Cooperative Bank, Hyde Park Savings Bank, Finard Properties, and Citizens Bank for helping us create a commercial district that is a lively welcoming place where people enjoy doing business.”
Hyde Park Main Streets was one of the five first Urban Main Street programs in the nation, as well as one of Boston’s originally designated Main Streets districts. Since its creation the program has assisted with over 90 storefront improvement projects, and over 40 new business openings since 1995. Hyde Park Main Streets constantly works to attract new services and retail businesses to the commercial district of Hyde Park by creating a unified shopping experience. Hyde Park Main Streets continually works with the City of Boston to improve the infrastructure of the commercial district.
In 2008, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced a comprehensive master plan to enhance the neighborhood that built on the neighborhood’s reputation as a walking-friendly commercial district, that boasts several historic buildings, public transit access, many privately-owned retail businesses, a YMCA, an award-winning library, a newly renovated community center, and a large municipal parking lot.
Developed in 1995, in partnership between the City of Boston and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Boston Main Streets initiative was the first urban, multi-district Main Streets program in the nation. Named by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change as one of 19 “Solutions for America,” Boston Main Streets strives to empower individuals in the small business sector to have a direct role in the economic health, physical appearance, and development of their community.
Boston Main Streets continues to provide funding and technical assistance to 19 neighborhood-based Main Streets districts throughout the City of Boston and has served as a national model to urban areas seeking to revitalize neighborhood commercial districts including Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Milwaukee, Detroit, and New Orleans.
In 2005, Mayor Menino created the Boston Main Streets Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to produce significant advances in business development, jobs creation, storefront improvements, and overall quality of life in Boston’s neighborhood commercial districts.