I grew up in a neighborhood of hardworking families, where everything seemed within reach. It was thanks in large part to our incredible small and local businesses. For years, these local landmarks have carried on the traditions of my neighborhood, and generated the prosperity that’s helping Dorchester thrive to this day. I know my experience was not unique. Small businesses are the lifeblood of all Boston’s neighborhoods.They hire locally; they reflect our rich diversity of cultures and languages; and they care deeply about being good neighbors.
Every year, more and more people are calling Boston home. Our population is growing: we’re expected to surpass 700,000 residents before 2030, which are numbers we haven’t seen in decades. This growth means that housing is in high demand. In 2014, we released our housing plan. It’s a roadmap to help us keep up with demand by creating 53,000 new units by 2030.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Puerto Rico, those who live here and those who are on the island, as they recover from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Maria. I am incredibly proud to share that we are stepping up as a city to support them in their time of need. Together with The Boston Foundation, we have established the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico fund, a fund that is dedicated to the relief and reconstruction of Puerto Rico and will support any Puerto Rican person arriving in Boston and the Commonwealth who have been impacted by Hurricane Maria. I encourage residents to visit https://tbf.org/puertorico to learn more about the fund. Together we are sharing the important message to the people of Puerto Rico that we are here to help, for as long as they need.
There will be a public candidates forum with mayoral and at-large Boston City Council candidates at English High School on Oct. 4th. The forum is being hosted jointly by Boston's Ward 8 (South End, Roxbury), 9 (Roxbury, South End), 10 (Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain), 11 (Jamaica Plain, Roxbury) and 19 Democratic Committees (Jamaica Plain, Roslindale). The forum will begin with a meet and greet session with district city councilors who represent the wards. Both Mayor Marty Walsh and District 7 City Councilor and mayoral candidate Tito Jackson are scheduled to attend. Walsh easily came in first in the Sept.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the recovery community -- and I know many other Bostonians have had the same experience as me. That’s why it’s so important we create strong pathways to recovery, and why I’m proud Boston recognizes September as Recovery Month here in our city. Recovery Month is a time when we highlight Boston's recovery community: those who are struggling with substance use disorders, their loved ones and the care providers who support people on their recovery each day. We know that substance use disorders are a disease -- and those who are suffering need our help. This month is dedicated to all those who are working to improve their own lives and the lives of others.