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.
A gubernatorial candidate forum hosted by Northeastern University and El Mundo Media last week elicited lively exchanges on immigration reform, increasing access to education and creating a Latino-inclusive administration.
With ninety percent of housing units in Boston were built before lead paint was banned, lead is a pervasive danger in the city, yet many landlords and renters do not fully understand the laws around lead paint removal.
Mayor Martin Walsh has announced the opening of the Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment in Dudley Square as part of a new initiative to address income inequality and poverty in Boston.
A coalition of labor activists secured an agreement from the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee to push for higher minority participation and higher wages on any new construction on public land in Roxbury.
Owners of City Realty defended their firm against allegations of doubling rents and forcing out tenants in properties they have acquired during a City Council hearing Monday.
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.