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UNITED NEIGHBORS OF LOWER ROXBURY ANNUAL ZOOM MEETING

SAVE MELNEAS TREES

Save The Trees Save The People!

LOWER ROXBURY, MA —

Cancelling  the city’s  Melnea Cass Boulevard roadway plan that just  14 months ago was ready to proceed with a  state approved contractor was a huge win for the health of the neighborhood. And how unbelievable to accomplish this in the  year of  the pandemic when  all meetings  were virtual, and residents  were under siege from Covid!

The campaign to  save the  hundreds of tall trees felt doomed after the March  2020 vote to approve the project  by the Mass DOT Board but  Yvonne LaLyre, Lower Roxbury neighbors and the Friends  of Melnea Cass Blvd. took to the streets with standouts and demonstrations and went online with petitions calling on environmental activists across the city for support.

UNLR  Chooses Urbanica to Build Ownership

United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury [UNLR] is resolved and determined to keep, maintain, and develop the land, it currently owns, in perpetuity, for the benefit of its friends and neighbors, who have remained committed to the purpose of providing a community haven for the diversity that is the Lower Roxbury community.  Ms. Gretchen Flippin Jackson, seen in picture above, wisely negotiated and purchased of the land at 90 Windsor Street on behalf of UNLR, nearly 40 years ago.  The time to develop it, is now.  UNLR, from its inception nearly 50 years ago, is an organization of neighbors and community members working together to protect and benefit their neighborhood and homes, first by stopping a highway expansion that would decimate Lower Roxbury in 1971 and now, to maintain and keep intact a neighborhood community under attack through the gentrification process.

Community Development

Neighborhood Network News [NNN] Anchor Chris Lovett interviews UNLR‘s Board Treasurer Ricardo Louis about the history, present and future of UNLR.  Ricardo shares the details of United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury’s 2nd Annual Town Hall Community Gathering on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 12pm – 3pm at 90 Windsor Street,Roxbury, MA.

The UNLR Second Annual Town Hall Community Gathering

LOWER ROXBURY, MA –The UNLR would like to invite you to our second annual Town Hall Community Gathering.  Our mission, since 1971, is to promote economic, civic, and social engagement and to improve the quality of life of the Lower Roxbury community and beyond.

What does United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury, Inc. mean to you?  We are building sustainable affordable housing, community space, micro business and green space, for this community.

Gretchen L. Flippin Jackson

United Neighbors Of Lower Roxbury History & Vision

United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury [UNLR] is resolved and determined to keep, maintain, and develop the land, it currently owns, in perpetuity, for the benefit of its friends and neighbors, who have remained committed to the purpose of providing a community haven for the diversity that is the Lower Roxbury community.  Ms. Gretchen Flippin Jackson, seen in picture above, wisely negotiated and purchased of the land at 90 Windsor Street on behalf of UNLR, nearly 40 years ago.  The time to develop it, is now.  UNLR, from its inception nearly 50 years ago, is an organization of neighbors and community members working together to protect and benefit their neighborhood and homes, first by stopping a highway expansion that would decimate Lower Roxbury in 1971 and now, to maintain and keep intact a neighborhood community under attack through the gentrification process.

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Neighborhood Network News Interviews UNLR!

Neighborhood Network News [NNN] Anchor Chris Lovett interviews UNLR‘s Board Treasurer Ricardo Louis about the history, present and future of UNLR.  Ricardo shares the details of United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury’s 2nd Annual Town Hall Community Gathering on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 12pm – 3pm at 90 Windsor Street,Roxbury, MA.

UNLR Bulletin Board

The United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury (UNLR) bulletin board

Garden For Boston

Garden For Boston

Between May and September, artists and activists Ekua Holmes (African American, b. 1955) and Elizabeth James-Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag, b. 1973) will create a “Garden for Boston” outside the MFA’s main entrance. The two installations that comprise this exhibition, in dialogue with each other and the surrounding space, reshape the grounds around Cyrus Dallin’s monumental bronze sculpture Appeal to the Great Spirit (1909) with sunflowers and corn—ephemeral plants that are nonetheless part of the endless cycles of nature and long histories of New England land.

Working with United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury Community Gardens, Holmes will plant some three thousand sunflowers for Radiant Community. An extension of her ongoing “Roxbury Sunflower Project,” which uses sunflowers to spread beauty and hope throughout the historically Black Boston neighborhood, the installation will bathe a prominent section of the Museum’s lawn in a field of color, amplifying the power of self-determination as a tool to change one’s community.

James-Perry’s installation, Raven Reshapes Boston: A Native Corn Garden at the MFA, draws on planting techniques used by local Indigenous people for thousands of years, centering the reciprocal relationship between humans and the land. The artist and her collaborators from Green City Growers will create a field of corn, beans, and sedges—grown in mounds using a traditional Woodlands Native American method—in the shape of a horseshoe crab and framed by crushed shells. Over time, tall corn stalks will surround Appeal to the Great Spirit—made by a white artist for white audiences—emphasizing the enduring Native presence in New England and serving as a counterproposal to the misrepresentations and erasures the sculpture embodies.

Together, Holmes’s and James-Perry’s installations transform the MFA’s Huntington Avenue lawn into a growing, blooming summer garden that represents the resilience, strength, and hope of both artists, their communities, and their ancestors.

Generously supported by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.

Additional generous support from an anonymous donor. Funding for programming is provided in part by the MFA Associates / MFA Senior Associates.

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