TACC BLOG

ABOUT OUR BLOG:

Thanks for visiting TACC’s very first blog. We look forward to sharing in greater detail the ideas, people, and organizations that drive our work in Boston and in cities across the United States.

Our mission and all that we share is anchored in our belief that by working together with local residents and a range of entities in a single neighborhood, we can address complex problems – and in time – help transform distressed neighborhoods into places where urban families flourish.

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August 19, 2015

COMMUNITY-DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT IN ACTION IN ROXBURY

Posted by Kathleen O'Shea

Walking around Dudley Square in the evenings, I find it difficult to imagine the neighborhood was once considered the “other downtown” of Boston. Today, empty streets mask a history of bustling hotels, a destination department store, a bowling alley, a vaudeville theater, and a cinema. In the mid-to-late twentieth century, destructive urban renewal policies, arson,…

May 21, 2015

AGING IN PLACE NEEDS ASSESSMENT: INSIGHTS INTO OUTREACH METHODS AT MADISON PARK VILLAGE

Posted by Shameeka Brown

Since February, Alexandra Curley, Senior Associate at TACC, has been leading an interdisciplinary team of researchers and surveyors assessing the supportive service needs of 300 older residents in Madison Park Village, a subsidized housing community in the Dudley Square neighborhood of Roxbury. By developing a strong resident needs assessment with high levels of participation, TACC…

April 24, 2015

THE BIKE KITCHEN: RECONNECTING THIS HISTORIC COMFORT STATION TO ITS TRANSPORTATION-RELATED ROOTS

Posted by Zachary Nieder

Neighborhood-based economic development comes in many shapes and sizes—master plans to façade improvements, direct lending to mixed-use development. In the case of The Bike Kitchen, economic development may come in the form of a century-old Comfort Station (e.g. public restroom) located in the heart of Upham’s Corner repurposed and reimagined as a full service bike…

February 28, 2015

AGING IN PLACE: UNDERSTANDING AND MEETING THE NEEDS OF OLDER LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS

Posted by Alexandra Curley

As a social scientist, I focus on using research to inform, evaluate, and develop data-driven strategies to improve well-being and quality of life for low-income individuals, families, and communities. At the request of Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC), I am currently leading an interdisciplinary team of researchers and surveyors to assess the supportive service needs…

January 26, 2015

MCCULLAGH APPOINTED INAGURAL DIRECTOR OF THE JOSEPH E. CORCORAN CENTER FOR REAL ESTATE AND URBAN ACTION

Posted by TACC

In an earlier post, TACC extended our congratulation to our Founder and Board Chair, Joseph E. Corcoran, on the launch of the new Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action at Boston College. TACC is pleased to share the news that Neil McCullagh was appointed the inaugural Director of the Corcoran Center…

December 5, 2014

JOSEPH E. CORCORAN CENTER FOR REAL ESTATE AND URBAN ACTION LAUNCHES AT BOSTON COLLEGE

Posted by TACC

Congratulations to TACC’s Founder and Board Chair, Joseph E. Corcoran, on the launch of the Joseph E. Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action at Boston College. Speaking with The Boston Globe, Andrew Boynton, Dean of the Carroll School of Management, said the new center will teach students that real estate can be a…

November 14, 2014

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL COMES TO DUDLEY SQUARE

Posted by Allison O'Shea

A jolly old man donning a fluffy, white beard; a beautiful, green pine tree adorned with multi-colored lights; carolers strolling the streets, singing to the tune of “Jingle Bells.” For some, images such as these have come to define Boston during the month of December. In fact, the City of Boston held over 20 tree…

October 22, 2014

WHITTIER CHOICE TRANSFORMATION PLAN CONTRIBUTING TO A STRONGER COMMUNITY

Posted by TACC

In October, the Boston Housing Authority submitted the Whittier Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Congratulations to the Boston Housing Authority, Preservation of Affordable Housing, Madison Park Development Corporation, and the Whittier Tenant Task Force for putting forth a thoughtful and competitive plan that will transform this section…

September 30, 2014

NECAT TACKLES COMMUNITY HEALTH, ONE STUDENT AT A TIME

Posted by Meg O'Neill

“What are you eating?” Fulani M. Haynes, a retired RN, asks students at the New England Center for Arts and Technology (NECAT). “What happens when you put this food in your body?” Fulani urges people to think about their food; NECAT, a culinary job-training program for people with limited resources, teaches them how. Recently, I…

September 5, 2014

THE COMPLEXITY OF NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION

Posted by Neil McCullagh

It is often hard for people that work in direct service to listen to the evolving jargon of consultant-speak around the social impact sector. But sometimes--something comes along that is so lucid and thoughtful--it’s hard to listen to the jargon alarm. This summer, FSG co-founder, Mark Kramer, and FSG directors, John Kania and Patty Russell,…

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