Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was the keynote speaker at this month’s meeting of the North End Chamber of Commerce. “Breakfast with Marty” was held on Tuesday, April 1st at the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel. In addition to Chamber members, local elected officials and community leaders were invited.
The crowd gave a round of applause to the Mayor when said he would fulfill his campaign promise of powerwashing Hanover Street starting this month. In addition, the North End will see some of the 20 new hokeys (manual cleaners) on the streets. Referring to the Boston neighborhoods as “filthy,” Walsh made cleaning up the city a key part of his message.
As part of the Mayor’s clean streets push, he is encouraging businesses and residents to sweep in front of their own properties. This initiative was picked up by the Boston Herald out of this presentation. When asked about same day pickup for residential trash, the Mayor said he has not yet taken a position.
Early in his first term, Walsh has taken up the charge to make Boston into an international, world-class city with more high profile events. He has also tasked John Barros, head of economic development, to attract new global business firms to Boston through meeting with consulates and traveling to non-US cities.
The Mayor has established a Late Night Task Force and has already extended MBTA hours to 2:30 am. The task force will look at later liquor license hours in certain neighborhoods, starting with the Seaport. Walsh is also seeking to expand the late night initiative to other forms of business, such as gyms and fitness clubs.
Streamlining the City Hall permitting and licensing process is another key initiative of the Walsh administration. In a small step, dog owners can now register and pay online, a service that went into effect last week. Other types of renewals and permits are also expected to be automated shortly.
Walsh asked chamber business owners to hire summer interns to offer mentoring opportunities to Boston’s youth.
In the question period, the issue of maintaining the North End’s historic sites and cultural heritage was discussed. Specifically, the Mayor was asked about improving the infrastructure along the Freedom Trail and adding public restrooms. The Mayor also shared the concern of some business owners regarding national chains entering the neighborhood business district.
A summary timeline video index of specific topics covered is shown below:
- 00:00 Introduction by NECC VP Toni Gilardi
- 00:30 Introductory Comments by Mayor Walsh
- 03:40 Parking opportunities as development progress
- 04:10 Powerwashing on Hanover Street
- 04:40 Assessing sidewalks and tree pits
- 05:10 Separating water and sewer systems
- 06:00 Public Safety – comment on recent sexual assault cases
- 07:00 Making Boston into an international city
- 09:00 Late night task force, extending T service
- 11:20 Permitting with same day callback, streamlining permit process
- 13:00 Boston Redevelopment Authority – Reform process
- 15:00 Summer jobs
- 16:00 Boston Shines – Encouraging residents and businesses to sweep in front
Questions and Answer Session
- 17:00 – Visitor center with public restrooms in North End
- 19:50 – City role in maintaining historic sites
- 20:10 – Cultural initiatives to deal with retail chains and install “Little Italy” signage
- 23:00 – Same day trash pickup
Photos from the event are shown below. Click any image to enlarge into a slideshow.
Photos by Matt Conti.