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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Downtown Lynn Cultural District Meetup at LynnArts

This Thursday, come to LynnArts, to see some amazing progress in the Downtown Lynn Cultural District.

Get an update on the branding work done by so many dedicated volunteers over the past few months thanks to a grant received by the EDIC last year, get a progress report from the EDIC on the artist lofts at 33 Central Square, hear from the amazing Jennifer Adler of Survival by Design, one of Downtown Lynn's newest graphic design firms, find out more about the LCC's efforts and their incredible lineup of projects for 2013, and get the low down from the MAPC on our Data Walk and next steps towards uncovering the economic potential of our great downtown. So much good stuff, and all wrapped into two fun hours at LynnArts. To top it all off, their "Paint" show is on the walls and it's fantastic.   Two words: cheese - wine! Two more words: Be - There! 


DTL Cultural District
Community Collective
Thursday, April 25th
6 to 8 PM
At Lynn Arts
Featuring the new exhibition “Paint”

Momentum! Grants! Design!
Eat some cheese. Drink some wine.
Lend your voice to progress!

With Short & Sweet presentations by –
Jim Cowdell, EDIC
Kate Luchini, The Lynn Museum
Martha Almy, DTLcd Branding
Jennifer Adler, Survival By Design
Jocelyn Almy Testa, Lynn Cultural Council
Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Presentations start at 6:30 with time for talk after.

The Mayor of Lynn has a Special Announcement

Be at the Franco-American tonight at 7PM for what is being played up in the press as a special announcement connected to Judy Flanagan Kennedy's campaign for re-election. As you know, this blog has been known to be painted pink (Judy's Campaign Colors) in the past.

Given no one else has pulled papers for the Mayoral race, it's hard to not see 4 more years.

It's been a strong 4 years with progress on Downtown Development, an extreme focus on streamlining doing business with the city, streamlined permitting, a renewed focus on zoning, increased police and fire presence, the return of Community Liason Officers, more focus on grant proposals throughout the city of Lynn, a commitment to celebrating diversity in our city, and an incredible dedication to the Arts and Culture movement throughout the city from Walnut Street Cafe to Western Ave's Lydia Pinkham, to Central Square to the Auditorium which will now have 365 days a year potential for economic impact due to the ongoing air conditioning installation.

Mayor Kennedy's focus has led to many facets of this city getting positive press for the first time in a long time. Boston Globe, Chronicle, Viewpoints, etc. We are on the map and people are starting to talk about Lynn with a smile on their face.

Come have fun with all of us at the Franco-American to hear what Mayor Kennedy has to share with this great city.

See you there.  RSVP on Facebook.

Franco-American
535 Western Ave Lynn, MA
7-10PM

Friday, April 19, 2013

Off Street Parking Commission Wants Your Feedback

As some of you know, the Off Street Parking Commission recently was overhauled and 4 of the 5 commissioners are now brand new.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I, Corey Jackson, am one of those newly appointed commissioners.

The Off Street Parking Commission wants to hear about your issues with the lots downtown.

Businesses, residents, and customers of Downtown Lynn are more than welcome. We need your input and your concerns/suggestions.

Please note this is the Off Street Parking Commission and we have NO jurisdiction over street parking/parking tickets on street whatsoever.

If you have feedback and suggestions for improvements to the parking lots or the public parking lot situation as a whole, please attend.
  
Off/Street Parking Commission Public Information Meeting 
Tuesday, April 23rd LynnArts 
25 Exchange Street, Lynn 
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Monday, April 8, 2013

Cory Booker Inspires Lynn

It's not often nowadays you're able to listen to a political figure and be inspired. So much of the dialogue on the national scene is full of disagreement and blame. If anything resonated last night with the crowd at the Lynn Auditorium, it was that this approach will get us nowhere.

When presented with the challenges of Lynn, what do you do? Do you try to place blame or do you try to do something?

We all know both types. People who find problems with everything, create drama for no reason, and have no dog in the fight. On the flip side, those who find one small thing to do well and keep doing it.

As Cory Booker reminded us change does not happen in an instant. It's not about victory, it's about persistence. We need to go to the organizations and people who have hope and vision and scale those efforts.

He reminded us of an ancient African parable, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

I'll leave you with a tidbit he told the audience. It's something we were all confronted with when we moved to Downtown Lynn after zoning changes in the early 2000s and it's something that obviously keeps us here fighting, digging, and building for what we know is possible. He talked about telling a tenant association president of his building that he wanted to help. She took him out to the center of King Blvd and asked him "What do you see?" He answered that he saw a boarded up building where drugs were being sold, closed shops, etc, etc" She said, "You can't help me." He asked her why and she explained that until he sees hope, a future, a solution, he can't help her.

Go outside today and stand in the middle of the street and look around you. What do you see?


 -Corey

Monday, April 1, 2013

DTL Cultural District Event on April 25th

DTL Cultural District
Community Collective
Thursday, April 25th
6 to 8 PM
At Lynn Arts
Featuring the new exhibition “Paint”

Momentum! Grants! Design!
Eat some cheese. Drink some wine.
Lend your voice to progress!

With Short & Sweet presentations by –
Jim Cowdell, EDIC
Kate Luchini, The Lynn Museum
Martha Almy, DTLcd Branding
Jennifer Adler, Survival By Design
Jocelyn Almy Testa, Lynn Cultural Council
Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Presentations start at 6:30 with time for talk after.

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