Boston Gets Civic
We’ve been anxiously awaiting City Council President Maureen Feeney’s Civic Summit since she announced the idea back in January. Feeney hopes to bring together various civic groups to talk about the direction of the city and hopefully get a few younger residents interested in the city’s affairs. Mayor Tom Menino was decidedly skeptical (read: ticked off at the suggestion), but Feeney pressed on anyway.
The Boston Civic Summit takes place next Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are several workshops with names like “Building Together” and “United We Prosper,” along with speeches from Office of Civic Engagement director Ron Bell and Thomas Sander from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Feeney told Boston Daily that the event will be well-organized and won’t dissolve into a day of bickering between organizations with different interests. Mayor Menino might not be thrilled with the summit, but if it runs as smoothly as Feeney hopes, it can’t hurt to try it.