Placemaking lets us use the arts to highlight areas that we want to improve — or develop better neighborhoods using the arts. 

 In 2014 residents, local agencies and youth came together at visioning workshops to think about about how to create more vitality in the Cleary and Logan Square Business  District…And then we set about making it happen!

Public Placemaking Workshop - Lets make the Fairmount Station area awesome!

SPRING 2016 – Pocket Park Placemaking

Local residents transformed the pocket park between New York Fried Chicken and Tedeschi’s — and not just physically — they created an amazing community energy.

They planted brightly colored flowers, hung strands of solar powered lights high up in the trees, and spray chalked cheerful blue and orange stars up and down the block.

Young Girl Planting Pocket Park GreenwayMoms, kids, seniors, young people, a guy who wanted to help sweep up — they all paused to smile, or help, donate  money to the cause or just enjoy the light being brought to this otherwise dull space.

The event was carried out in partnership with the Fairmount Greenway Task Force, property owner Alan Dana, the City of Boston and the River Street Grill. Funding was provided by the Boston Society of Architects.

Stars in the park


FALL 2015 – Lighting the Line

SWBCDC held a Lighting of the Line Celebration at Fairmount Station. The event featured live music, free food from local restaurants, a pop-up art gallery, and an interactive street-art installation by artist-group The Reliquarium. We collaborated with local organizations and business – The Menino Arts Center/HP Arts Association, Mattapan Teen Center/Mattapan Records, Dorchester-based Modern Events Sound Technology Co., and local restaurants Briar Rose, Rincon, and D Coal Pot. Similar celebrations were also happening at other stations all along the Fairmount line at the same time!

Arts and Cultural Activities

The event was funded by The Boston Foundation in partnership with Design Studio for Social Intervention.

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SUMMER 2015 — Beautifying the Fairmount Station Bridge

Green Team crew members and participants with the Essence of Thyme Cafe, which employs adults with disabilities painted over 900 donated CDs and arranged them into 75 flowers. These flowers included images representing the artists’ individuality and culture. The event also featured information about the Fairmount Line fare reductions, and other improvement to the line, with signs painted in English, Haitian Creole, and Spanish.

Green Team youth beautified the bridge over Fairmount station with multi-lingual signage, and art made from recycled materials