MAPC hosted “What’s next for Downtown Lynn?” an Open House and Public Forum at the Lynn Museum on May 23. The focus of the event was to tell residents about new efforts to revitalize the area, and to capture ideas on their vision for the future of Downtown Lynn.
The project’s mission? To craft a shared vision for the future of Downtown Lynn that includes diverse community perspectives, and to implement recommendations that supplement existing efforts to revitalize the area. The open house and public forum provided an opportunity for the public to provide input into the project, and to get engaged in the future of Downtown Lynn. The event and project have been coordinated by MAPC Senior Regional Planner Manisha Bewtra, pictured below interacting with the 50+ open house attendees.
The event saw diverse attendance from local business owners, nearby residents and community organizers. Attendees enjoyed food from Rincon Macorisano, a Dominican Restaurant and cupcakes from Cakes by NeeNee. Both are thriving businesses in Downtown Lynn. Attendees browsed through an interactive poster gallery facilitated by MAPC’s Data Services Team. Attendees browsed through geographic data, map collections of Lynn’s socioeconomic make-up, and visualized trends while learning new facts about Lynn.
“The people of Lynn have a great willingness to experiment. There are lots of interesting organizations working hard to create a more representative vision for what Lynn is all about.” ~ Jon Feinberg, Lynn resident of two years.
Jolene Kelly, owner of Cakes by NeeNee, said she’s already seeing renewal and changes in Lynn, having lived and worked in the city for just three years.
“One of the things I’m seeing is that people are coming here from the outside. New residents are creating a grassroots environment,” she said. “Lynn is the first place in 25 years where I’ve felt like I lived in a neighborhood.”
~ Author Tien Le is MAPC’s Summer Community Engagement Intern. She will be a senior at Brandeis University, where she is studying Economics and Politics.