Historic Boston, Inc. (HBI) is a non-profit that serves as the developer of last resort for endangered Boston historic properties. Cleary and Logan Squares in Hyde Park are part of the organization’s “Historic Neighborhood Centers” programs. HBI partnered with the Hyde Park Main Streets organization to facilitate the creation of a neighborhood preservation and revitalization strategy. HBI and Hyde Park Main Streets sought help in directing resources and efforts in the district.
The students explored:
· What buildings and sites of investment will best act as catalysts for future growth and vitality
· How the rehabilitation of historic resources can be more than an end in itself to act as a tool through which valuable and desired services and goods be made available to the existing neighborhood population
· What the best district-wide strategy for improving the internal and external image of Hyde Park would be
· How investment decisions can be aimed at celebrating and reestablishing important themes and narratives that appear throughout the district’s history