Equity Forward Uphams Corner
After decades of disinvestment, Uphams Corner has been named an Arts & Innovation District by the City and faces rapid change as real estate investors continue the march of development out of Boston’s South End and into Dorchester. The sale of several City-owned parcels has further catalyzed an interest in the neighborhood, and residents and businesses are concerned about the possibility of displacement.
Proposals to protect tenants, stabilize rents, and support small businesses are making their way through government networks. Meanwhile, there is a need for capital deployment at the ground level to prevent the immediate impacts of displacement and to create a path to an equitable vision of Uphams Corner.
As a response to the need for this capital strategy, the Equitable Uphams Collaborative (EUC), a coalition of Boston-based economic development, health, and housing organizations, came together with the aim of developing a community investment strategy that prioritizes, streamlines, and accelerates investment in Uphams Corner with a focus on the residents most vulnerable to displacement and homelessness.
Equitable Uphams Collaborative Members
- Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC)
- BlueHub Capital
- Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)
- Boston Medical Center (BMC)
- Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC)
The group engaged MAPC to do extensive research and analysis on how to achieve an equity-forward approach to economic development in Uphams Corner.
Facilitated by a planning grant from the JPMorgan Chase & Co. PRO Neighborhoods program, the group identified three specific topic areas to focus their efforts on: supportive housing, neighborhood affordability, and small business assistance and workforce development. MAPC identified strategies to advance equity in each of the three categories and worked with the Equitable Uphams Collaborative to identify three priority equitable economic development strategies.