Neighborhood Matters: Creative placemaking in El Barrio: Egleston Sq.
Tuesday, March 21 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Snell Library 90 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, Boston
The mission of Egleston Square Main Street (ESMS) is to build the community, strengthen the business district and revitalize public spaces through partnership with local merchants, residents and community groups. Luis Edgardo Cotto will speak about the ways in which art and creativity have been a tool for economic & community development in el barrio, Boston’s spanish speaking neighborhood of Egleston Square “My definition of Egleston Square,” he said, “Is Amory Street to Franklin Park, Bray Street to Dimock and down to Green Street… I consider the side streets as part of the business district. A healthy business district is only as healthy as its neighborhood. It allows us to get involved in the whole community.”
Special Guest: Luis Edgardo Cotto is the Executive Director of Egleston Square Main Street (ESMS), located on the border of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury. Luis is originally from Hartford, CT where he served on the Hartford City Council from 2008 until 2012. As a City Councilor, Luis was known as a champion for the Parks, Arts and Immigrant rights…while also serving as primary care provider for his newborn son. Luis’ background in arts administration spans more than 20 years, working in Hartford, Seattle and Washington, D.C., and he currently sits on the advisory board of the Cambridge Arts Council. From 2004 to 2007, Luis and his sisters ran a Spanish language coffeehouse and bookstore named La Paloma Sabanera, bringing Ray Oldenburg’s third place concept to life.
Photo credit: Leonardo March