Boston Herald, June 2022
City Councilor Tania Fernandes Anderson and professor Lily Song stared happily at yet another large brick wall on Dudley Street, probably the fourth or fifth of the day that’s seized their attention. “What a great canvas,” Fernandes Anderson said of the bland side wall gazing back at them.
It’s a thought process they’re applying to a whole 3-mile stretch of roads in the heart of Boston, one that snakes from the to-be-designated “Jazz Square” in the South End through Roxbury and to Grove Hall — a path they’re calling “the ARTery” that’s meant to beautify long-disinvested-in stretches of heavily minority neighborhoods with an eye on improving life for locals and bringing in new business. The corridor is a multipart idea that will need city buy-in, though Fernandes Anderson said the city departments she’s been in contact with have been more than receptive.