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 10-year-old son.
A recent Roxbury Community College forum brought together a newly minted Yale doctor in American studies and two elder statesmen of local activism to discuss the victorious 1960s grassroots action to block an eight-lane highway that would have torn through Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, the South End and Cambridge.
In many ways, the Bartlett Place development plans capture the many different aspirations of its Roxbury neighbors, with affordable and market-rate apartments and townhouses, retail shops and a public space for art and commerce.
The Dudley Municipal Center rising on the long-neglected Ferdinand site is already having a dramatic effect on the Dudley Square skyline. When the building opens in 2015 as the new Boston Public Schools headquarters, a new streetscape will also emerge, as retail and restaurant tenants set up shop in 18,500 square feet of first-floor retail space.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $1.6 million in grants to four Massachusetts groups working to reduce housing discrimination. The grants are part of $38.3 million awarded nationwide through HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program.
Anthony Nin of Roslindale and Angel Soto of Dorchester have good reason to feel confident as they reflect on the first year of their startup business, called ReVamp’D, which won the BUILD Youth Business Plan Competition.
Ten Massachusetts firms were named to the list
Ten Massachusetts firms, headquartered in Boston, Lawrence, Lowell and Worcester, were named to the 2013 “Inner City 100” list unveiled recently by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). The list recognizes the fastest-growing companies located in urban cores across the United States.
he federal Fair Housing Act turned 45 last month, but vigilance, enforcement and education are still needed to ensure full housing access to all.
The federal Fair Housing Act turned 45 last month, but vigilance, enforcement and education are still needed to ensure full housing access to all. This was the message at “Fair Housing Wrongs and Rights,” a workshop presented April 30 by the Boston Fair Housing Commission (BFHC) and the Boston NAACP Housing Committee as part of the agencies’ observation of Fair Housing Month. About 35 landlords, housing agency representatives and tenants attended the event, held at the Boston NAACP office in Roxbury.
Sandra Larson The federal Fair Housing Act turned 45...
t a public meeting hosted by the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) last week, Roxbury residents, activists and local elected officials raised sharp questions about a plan to widen Melnea Cass Boulevard in order to add new center median bus lanes and stations.
Attendees listen during a question-and-answer session at a March 6 meeting on the Melnea Cass Boulevard...