Sandra Larson has been writing for the Bay State Banner since 2009 and has contributed more than 100 stories on urban issues, including extensive coverage of foreclosure, affordable housing, minority jobs issues, and the city’s revitalization plans for Dudley Square in Roxbury. For the Banner and for Exhale Magazine, she has interviewed and profiled many prominent women, among them author Isabel Wilkerson, playwright Lydia Diamond, FACE Africa founder Saran Kaba Jones, former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, and Massachusetts first lady Diane Patrick. Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree in biological aspects of conservation and a master’s degree in journalism. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in urban and regional policy. She lives in Boston with her husband and 12-year-old son.
The City of Boston’s Jobs and Community Services (JCS) Office recently awarded over $1 million to 19 community-based employment and workforce development programs.
The Walsh administration unveiled a sweeping new plan to meet Boston’s growing housing needs.
Bloggers Spectra Asala, of Spectra Speaks (spectraspeaks.com), Jay Smooth of Ill Doctrine (illdoctrine.com) and Andrew Ti of Yo, Is this Racist?, spoke about anti-racism blogging during a panel discussion hosted by the Ford Hall Forum.
City Realty has caught the attention of housing activists and the City Council, purchasing dozens of apartments and raising rents.
The Providers’ Council, a statewide organization of human service providers, held a forum on human services with gubernatorial candidates.
Radius Specialty Hospital is closing its Townsend Street facility, the former Jewish Memorial Hospital.
World War II veteran and developer Marvin Gilmore celebrated his 90th birthday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Boston.
Edgar Smith, who spent much of his career working in Boston, created a foundation to provide financial assistance to aging blues musicians.
A pilot project of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations and the Massachusetts Minority Contractors Association has brought nearly $39 million in economic opportunity to minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises in its first year.
In its second year, Circle the City will host a street fair on a mile-long stretch of Blue Hill Avenue September 28.