Roslindale Neighbors: Wu: Connecting with Rozzie

Michelle Wu, at-large city councilor and new resident of Roslindale.  (Courtesy Photo)

Michelle Wu, at-large city councilor and new resident of Roslindale.
(Courtesy Photo)

By At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu

Special to the Gazette

A few weeks ago, I was especially proud to march in the Roslindale Day parade. It’s an annual tradition for me as a citywide councilor, but this year was my first as a Roslindale resident.

When my husband and I decided to leave our apartment in the South End, we were drawn to Roslindale because of the community here—full of energy, diversity, creativity and opportunity. We moved in August and are thrilled to be making a new home on Augustus Avenue with our 10-month-old son, Blaise.

In this first summer and fall in the neighborhood, we’ve loved getting to know neighbors and walking to the Square together to get a meal, visit the library or enjoy the city’s best Farmers Market.

This past weekend, I hosted a “Hello Rozzie!” party in Adams Park to meet new neighbors, highlight local causes and celebrate Roslindale. Undeterred by the snow flurries, dozens of people came to say hello and discuss their ideas for Boston over hot chocolate and popcorn. Local organizations, from the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management to the Roslindale Congregational Church, set up tables so residents could get more information about their services. Representatives from WalkUP Roslindale discussed efforts to improve pedestrian and cycling options between Roslindale Village and Forest Hills. Neighbors from the Mt. Hope/Canterbury neighborhood association advocated for urban wilds protections and improvements along the American Legion Highway corridor. Roslindale Open Studios highlighted their upcoming annual event November 7th and 8th showcasing artists from Roslindale and beyond.

My goal is to continue this kind of dialogue and make more connections between residents and city government in the coming weeks and months. Learning about community efforts is not just helpful, but fundamental for my job as a city councilor at-large.

I’m so excited to put down roots for my growing family here in Roslindale, and I look forward to hearing your ideas on how to be an even stronger voice for Roslindale and all our neighborhoods at City Hall.

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