Walsh Plans Startup Space For Dudley Square

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Mayor Marty Walsh delivered his first speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce today. And he announced a slew of economic initiatives.

The mayor talked about shoring up the city's zoning process. He spoke of redeveloping city-owned property in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan — and he shared his plans to create a position for a chief digital officer.

He also focused on the Dudley Square development, the Ferdinand Building, which will serve as the new headquarters for Boston's public schools. A space in the building will be devoted solely to business startups.

And, a number of businesses are now applying for the building's six available retail spaces.


David Scharfenberg, WBUR reporter. He tweets at @dscharfWBUR.

Mariama White-Hammond, executive director of Project Hip Hop. She tweets at @mariamawh.


The Boston Globe: Walsh Offers Space For Startups In Dudley Square

  • "Mayor Martin J. Walsh plans to set aside space for business startups in Dudley Square’s Ferdinand Building after a $120 million renovation transforms the dilapidated furniture store into the headquarters for the Boston public schools."

Boston Beta, Dudley Square Accelerator Announces First Class, Sponsor

  • "Smarter in the City, a tech accelerator program planned for Dudley Square, has unveiled its first class of startups and expects to finalize a lease next week. It also has its first corporate sponsor — Brightcove, the Boston online video software firm."

WBUR: Dudley Square Residents Seek Fairness With Change

  • "Roxbury is the geographic center of Boston. But it doesn’t look like the heart of the city. For blocks there’s no sit-down restaurant, no MBTA station, not even crosswalks."

This segment aired on April 29, 2014.


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