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West End Business Monthly Meeting Minutes 6/14
Please find following the notes from the West End Business Association’s monthly meeting.

Present: Jonathan Blakeslee, White Heron Tea, Doug Roberts,, Monique Shevlin, Signature Escrow and Title, Sara Curry, Bikram Yoga, Peter Vandermark, PS21, Anne Crotty, Anne Crotty Law, Louie Halle, Experimac, Karen Marzloff, Seacoast Local/PS21, Cliff Hirtle, Resident, Steve Maillhot, Dogland, Dan Umbro, Fishnet Media, Mallory Parkington, Mallory Parkington Photography.


PS21‘s Islington Street Lab made a big impact in the West End early this month. We gained some resident and business insights into the project from the PS21 survey: 85% of respondents wanted to see more tactical urbanism projects in the City, 68% thought it was successful at calming traffic, 73% thought one or more aspects should be kept permanently.

Features of the project included a crosswalk and signage at Albany Street, sidewalk stripes at curb cuts to mark pedestrian areas, three traffic spots, a bump out to narrow Islington from three lanes to two, bike parking, and a bump out to better square the Bartlett Street intersection.

Peter and Doug met with the City Monday to discuss the  impact of the project. Overall, the City was positive about the consequences of the project and the consensus was that it was effective at slowing and calming traffic. There was more of a back up at the Bartlett/Islington light, but the evidence is not clear if that was simply a nuisance or an actual traffic problem.

The tactical urbanism project is designed so the public can get a “real feel” for changes and as an opportunity to test out potential changes. If you’re interested in heading up a tactical urbanism project in your neighborhood or on your block, learn more about how to get started from Mike Lydon here.


We have collected more than 250 signatures to petition the City for a crosswalk at Albany Street and plan to approach the City again to move the project forward.  Our representative, Eric Spear, is prepare to help support us as we petition the City for this important traffic safety improvement.

The City Council meeting to present the petition is 7 pm at City Hall on Monday, June 20th in the Eileen Foley Chambers. The more West End representatives we have there, the more impact we can make. Please contact, Jonathan Blakeslee if you can make the meeting.


Liar’s Bench Beer Company has opening in the old Washburn Plumbing building. Welcome to the neighborhood!

Great Rhythm Brewing is preparing to open a new brewery and tasting room in the coming weeks. We’re happy to have you here!

Experimac has opened in the Tony’s TV storefront. This company specializes in previously-owned Mac equipment.


We are excited to start planning our second annual neighborhood bbq early in September. We’ll need lots of volunteers and support to make this awesome community event come to life, so please join us at our July meeting to get in on the fun.

Please join us for our next monthly business networking meeting on

Tuesday, July 12th at 8 am at

White Heron Tea.

No fees. No commitment.
Meet your neighbors. Share a cuppa. Stay connected.

Second Tuesdays at 8 am at White Heron.


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