Taking Pride in Revere

September 1, 2016
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By Brian Arrigo, Mayor

 I take great pride in being from the City of Revere. For my entire professional career, I’ve worn being a 4th-generation Revere resident as a badge of honor. I’m now raising the 5th generation of my family in Revere, and I couldn’t be more excited to raise my son here in our community.

 Unfortunately, when you leave the confines of Revere, the city’s name doesn’t always come with a stellar reputation. That’s unfortunate, because those of us who live here know this city is home to good, hard-working people; it has outstanding public schools; it’s conveniently located near downtown Boston and the North Shore; and we boast the best beach in Greater Boston. As a city, despite our challenges, we have incredible potential.

So why does a negative image about Revere persist?

 One reason is that negligent, absentee property owners have been able to get away with owning dilapidated and run-down buildings, causing blight that reflects negatively on our city. That is not acceptable and we should not let it slide. If we are to better our image and attract the kind of private investment that the city needs, we need to make sure that we’re taking pride in our city. That comes from making sure we diligently clean up problem areas and make a real commitment to beautifying every neighborhood.

We need to go far beyond special community clean-up events to pick up trash or paint over graffiti. These events are fantastic, and we’ll continue to host such opportunities around the city each year. However, we need a cultural shift – an expectation that everyone is expected to show respect for this community and its residents.

 That means there should be no exceptions and no special treatment when it comes to the enforcement of building and health codes. It means fining and pressuring those, especially absentee landlords and banks, who fail to maintain properties while also overcrowding units and taking advantage of people with unfair rents in illegal apartments, dragging down the quality of life of entire neighborhoods.

It means making sure that new construction in the city is held to a high standard of quality and design, and making sure that building makes sense with the needs of the community.

 To that end, our Inspectional Services Department and Board of Health have rolled out a new computerized database and systemized deployment program that allows for consistent follow up on reported blighted properties, overcrowding and unsanitary conditions. All information from inspections is also logged so that all city staff can go back and view a comprehensive report on past violations and inspections at various properties.

All inspections are now tracked in the database and properties are assigned a priority level indicating how frequently follow-up inspections should be carried out. Systematic, regularly-scheduled follow-up creates more predictability, consistency and accountability. Additionally, each inspector is now being assigned to a specific quadrant of the city, allowing them to become more familiar with every day conditions and more likely to notice triggers for an inspection or a follow up.

Our goal is not to levy fines, but rather to get everybody to join in taking pride in where we live, taking care of our city, getting rid of blight and correcting violations. The use of this new database is an example of my administration’s commitment to using data and technology to better inform government decisions and improve city services.

Let’s all join in this commitment to roll up our sleeves, beautify our neighborhoods, and take pride in Revere.

 

  • PatiolaBoston

    Sounds great, now let’s see it happen!
    I gotta tell you. I drive for Uber and see all the surrounding towns which have done some wonderful stuff. South Boston looks great, Somerville, Everett, Cambridge, even Chelsea is passing us by. Revere is sadly but clearly the bottom of the barrel from my everyday view of all nearby towns. Stop all the apartment building. Heck, I pick up at that new building at 600 ? Ocean Ave and the residents are miserable about all the rules and paper thin walls. Many have renter remorse this fast. That will leave more buildings not filled to capacity and then who will they place in there?
    Stop the conversation and let’s see something to make us proud!
    Have you seen Winthrops CLAM House on Saratoga? I bet we could build a better one in Shaw’s or Wonderland Lot, add a nice Ice Cream stand, maybe minature golf, batting cages, golf range and you’ve got something! Build it, they will come!

    Patiola

  • Frederick Patterson

    Mayor Arrrigo…. Is this really true? Are you really suing Revere Citizens who are petitioning the City for support of the gaming facility? When you were running for Mayor… you said you would give the residents a “seat at the table” concerning new development and you would listen to the residents. Right now almost 2/3 of this City have told you that we want a chance for the slots parlor and asked you to support this effort. Over 4,800 voters signed a petition for enactment or a special election to designate the sight. Is it true that you have refused to meet the developers for over six months to discuss this project? Is it true that you actually are suing all the Revere Petitions, trying to stop the Petition? I am told that suing Petitioners goes against one of our basic rights as citizens… to petition our government… which our forefathers fought and died for right here in Boston. Are you really doing this? Why are you blocking this project even though most Revere Voters have made it clear to you and to our Council that Revere wants a share in the gaming industry. And a smaller casino.. electronic gaming.. might even be a better fit for Revere. Why are you supporting the Everett Casino and not one for us?

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