Thank you for celebrating this HUGE win for Charlestown!
We remain confident that our meeting with Mayor Walsh and the BPDA on Monday was an incredibly positive and productive next step in collaborating on a comprehensive planning process for the future of Charlestown. The Mayor and the BPDA agree, as stated in the article in today’s paper, that they want our involvement and participation in the planning process.
Whether this process is called a “Master Plan” or PLAN: Charlestown should not be the issue. The take away here should be that we the people of Charlestown have come together and demonstrated our collective strength and unified voice to collaborate with and proactively work with the Mayor and the BPDA. We will all continue to be positive and collaborative, looking for the best in each other, assuming positive intent, knowing that we all have Charlestown’s best interest in mind.
We will be speaking with Lauren and Michael from the BPDA again later this week and will continue moving the process forward.
With that said, a PLAN with the BPDA only legally goes so far. We will need to influence Boston Public Schools, Charlestown’s Zoning articles and Boston Transportation Department as the findings from this study will only inform these independent subjects. The endorsement letters, petition signatures and turn out will be critical during this process.
We still have a lot of work to do. We’d like to meet with you all in a few weeks prior to the official launch of the planning process with the BPDA in September. We will announce the meeting soon.
Please continue to encourage your membership, friends and neighbors to sign the petition online here: https://cps-ris.org/petition/
It is critical that we encourage the entire community to be involved in this planning process over the next year and a half. No one person or group can serve as our collective voice. Turn out is critical in influencing the direction of Charlestown. This planning initiative gives us the opportunity to create the BEST possible Charlestown of the future and influence immediate and much needed change.
Thank you for your continued support and efforts!