“The Last Little Italy” is a new video opposing the proposed Starbucks store at the gateway to Boston’s North End, located on the corner of Hanover and Cross Streets. The video was created by Rocco Capano and features many of the North End caffes and business owners.
The group has been active on Facebook and is petitioning e-signatures against the development by property owner Charter Realty. [See renderings in this previous post: Baristas at the Gate! Starbucks Coffee Proposed at 198 Hanover Street]
The petition reads:
“The North End is one the few surviving “Little Italy’s” in the United States, known for it’s authentic array of independently held community businesses. It is home to some of the best Italian cafes, delis, restaurants and pastry shops in the country, all of which help form the rich cultural fabric that makes this neighborhood so special. We believe the proposed project and location will negatively impact the neighborhoods many locally owned family businesses, while severely eroding the history, culture and aesthetic of an area that attracts so many visitors each year. There are over 10 Starbucks locations within .5 miles of the proposed location.”
For its part, Charter Realty and Starbucks have created their own Facebook group called “North End Piazza on the Greenway“. There is also a petition to support the project.
Three community meetings are scheduled in the next few weeks where the project will be presented and public comments heard. All these meetings are at the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 N. Bennet Street.
June 28, 6pm – Abutters Meeting by Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services
July 9, 7pm – North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC)
July 12, 7pm – North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA)
Check the Community Calendar for updates.