The South End revitalized, but North Allston and North Brighton keep waiting

On Washington St., a call for new voices - The Boston Globe

This is a great story about the successful revitalization of the South End. I certainly remember it from when I was growing up as a place that seemed to have lots of problems (crime, drugs, etc.). This story tells us about $571 million invested in the Washington St area, 160,000 square feet of new commercial space and 57 new businesses, MBTA Silver Line access to downtown, new housing with more, not less, affordable housing, and strong support from the Mayor.

All this sounds a lot like the North Allston Strategic Framework's vision for Western Ave and Barry's Corner. But what is happening there? Not much. Because it seems nothing will happen there until Harvard decides it wants something to happen.

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