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Reimagine Boston Main Streets

The community engagement process aims to strengthen the future of Boston Main Streets program.

Reimagine Boston Main Streets is a community engagement process. It's designed to strengthen the future of the Boston Main Streets program. Our goal is to embed equity into our Main Streets program. This is particularly true as our local economy feels the impact of COVID-19.

We want to help close the racial wealth gap. We plan to support new and existing businesses to enhance the local economic development in our neighborhoods and create more jobs. We have engaged with Strategy Matters, CJ Strategies, and ASG to lead this process. 

Have a favorite Main Street district? Let us know by taking our survey:

Main Streets survey

Have questions? Contact:

Small Business Development
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You can join our newsletter list by emailing your contact info to ReImagineBostonMainStreet@Boston.Gov.

Program goals and timeline


The goal of this program is to embed equity into our Main Streets initiative. We're especially concerned about how our local economy will be affected by COVID-19. We want to help close the racial wealth gap by supporting new and existing businesses.

We hope to enhance local economic development and create more jobs in our neighborhoods.


Community Listening Sessions: Nov. 2020 – March 2021       
Next Steps: (March 2021 – September 2021*)
  1. Research and analysis: We want to understand:
    • how the program is used
    • what gaps exist within our system, and
    • the impact the program has on local economic growth. 
  2. Community Feedback on the initial report   
  3. Final report and implementation plan launch 

*Subject to change. 

Share your ideas, input, and feedback

Join us for a virtual community listening session to help reimagine Boston's Main Streets. Over the course of the next few months, we will host listening sessions (virtually) on a variety of topics. Please feel free to attend any of the sessions.

Please note: All listening sessions and surveys are open to anyone who lives, works, or spends time in any of Boston's neighborhoods.

Upcoming multilingual events:

We know that immigrants play a crucial role in our neighborhood and City economies and the broader community. A key part of our work is capturing their ideas. We want to know what's working and what could be better in our neighborhood business districts. In service to that, we're hosting a series of listening sessions in Boston's top five languages on the following dates:

Wednesday, March 17, from 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 18, from 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Are you unable to participate in one of the listening sessions? Please take a moment to complete the Reimagine Boston Main Streets community survey.