Mario Chaparro is the program director of the Engagement Center on Atkinson St. We work with him constantly, from donating supplies for the Engagement Center to operate since it opened in 2018 to working with him to develop our pilot program to employ the homeless under his care. Check out this four minute interview with the City of Boston to hear what he has to say about what he does at Mass and Cass.
As we’re sure everybody is well aware, Atkinson Street has been a near-constant mess for years, and only gotten worse over time. In this past year, the condition of the street deteriorated faster than ever, until it finally reached a breaking point. Since July 15, the City has begun making a more concentrated effort to maintain the cleanliness of Atkinson Street. They performed a major cleanup of the street (Before, During, and After pics below) which was sorely needed and made a transformative impact to its condition. However, the improvement was short-lived. Atkinson Street quickly returned to the same state it was in before.
Since then, the City has been conducting cleanup sweeps on the street three times each week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Although the street always returns to how it was before, we’re very grateful that the effort is being made and that attention is being paid to improving the quality of life in Newmarket.
All six mayoral candidates joined us in Newmarket on June 29 for a forum to present their plans and answer our questions about the issues important to business in our area. With our partner organizations in the South End Forum, McCormack Civic Association, Andrew Square Civic Association, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, and Pine Street Inn, we asked the candidates about how they intend to handle the problems of addiction, homeless, and development in their vision for the future of Newmarket and the rest of Boston.
Hosted by Suffolk Construction in their Allerton Street headquarters, our forum was one of the first in-person events of the mayoral race, and it was a wonderful success! If you missed the event, you can watch our full recording of the event! Or you can read the Dorchester Reporter’s article for more detail about the questions we asked and how each candidate responded.