• Lara Caralis

First meeting of 2020 - Wed, January 8

Updated: Jan 7

Please join us to kick of year two of beautifying our neighborhood!


It was a year ago this month that a small group of Eagle Hill residents sat down in my living room to toss around ideas for improving our neighborhood, and I'm so happy to see how far we've come in just a year -- we officially linked up with the EHCA, built a website and an email list of nearly 80 like-minded neighbors, sponsored two clean-ups and a daffodil planting, ran a successful pilot project that brought 11 new street trees to one block of Princeton Street (with 4 more on the way!), drafted a soon-to-be-finalized set of developer guidelines for the EHCA, formed great collaborations with Tree Eastie/Speak for the Trees, East Boston Main Streets, and perhaps coolest of all, we have inspired other East Boston neighborhoods to launch their own Beautification groups, with Gove Street and Maverick/Central already in the works :)


Our January 8 meeting will be at 7 pm as usual, in the back room of Kelley Square Pub. Agenda follows -- note that we'll be brainstorming and prioritizing what we want to focus on this year, so bring your ideas!

BEAUTIFICATION AGENDA – January 8, 2020


INTRODUCTIONS / new attendees


UPDATES

  • Matt Rodgers: EHCA update: wreath making, website coming soon!

  • Bill Masterson: East Boston Tree initiative / current inventory project & 2020 plan

  • Taste of Eastie coming up on January 25!

  • Lara Caralis: Princeton Street trees update, cleanboston.org participation, exciting things coming up for East Boston this year: street light banners, murals, more trash bins, 311 community cleanup function

  • Dan Bailey: Status of 38, 100 & 104 Lexington Street homes’ proposed demolition / petition


GENERAL BUSINESS


Dan Bailey: EHCA consideration of developer proposals with goal of preservation, taking into consideration our density and Plan: East Boston’s potential form-based zoning


Recap of our 2019 initiatives; suggestions & prioritization for 2020 – come with your ideas!


Some items carried over from 2019 and a few other ideas I’ve been thinking about:

  • Clean ups!

  • Regular hokey rounds

  • Developer checklist

  • Collaboration with Speak for the Trees / Tree Eastie

  • Collaboration with East Boston Main Streets / Spring plantings contest

  • Applying for CPA funds / suggestions for projects (more brick sidewalks?)

  • Welcome letters for new homeowners

  • Satellite dish “buy back” program (kind of a pipe dream, but hey…)

  • Better looking crosswalks, street signage

  • Get city/utilities to clean up power lines

  • “Problem” properties

  • Funding requests for Lydia Edwards office? Where do we need trash bins?


FUTURE BUSINESS

  • TBD based on tonight’s discussion :)

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