Campaigning for City Council, Michelle Wu Launches “50 Ideas for Boston Families”

Boston, August 6, 2013 — Michelle Wu, candidate for Boston City Council At-Large, visited thirteen neighborhoods in Boston yesterday, Monday, August 5, as she released “50 ideas for Boston Families: Pipelines to Opportunity” to mark 50 days remaining until the September 24th Preliminary Election.
Michelle Wu started Monday’s tour at 6:30 AM in South End.

In Chinatown, Michelle visited the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, where she highlighted the need to increase access to affordable childcare.

In her list of 50 Ideas, Michelle suggests that the prohibitively high cost of quality early education and childcare forces some parents, often mothers, to leave the workforce and stay at home to care for their children, making it difficult to reenter the workforce later on.

Michelle noted: “The City should require as part of the review process for all new large commercial construction a consideration of whether space could be set aside for child care facilities. Additionally, the licensing process for in-home childcare facilities should be streamlined to provide for more affordable options. ”

A full list of Monday’s stops is below.

  • Toured Save that Stuff recycling plant in Charlestown to discuss environmental sustainability and green initiatives
  • Greeted South Boston residents and commuters at Andrew Station to discuss public safety
  • Visited Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center in Chinatown to highlight the need for access to more affordable early education and childcare
  • Toured the new site for the North Bennet Street School in North End to discuss the importance of partnerships between Boston schools and community organizations
  • Greeted East Boston residents near Maverick Square to discuss the potential for water transport to spur economic development in East Boston through connectivity to downtown and neighborhoods
  • Visited the Faneuil Library in Brighton to highlight libraries as community spaces
  • Hosted a small business roundtable lunch at Pho So 1 in Fields Corner, Dorchester
  • Met construction workers at the Ferdinand Building construction site in Dudley Square, Roxbury
  • Spoke with families at Green Street Playground in Jamaica Plain about open space, childcare, and sustainability
  • Knocked on seniors’ doors in West Roxbury to discuss resources for seniors living on their own
  • Visited youth-tended community garden plots at Kennedy Playground in Mattapan to discuss connecting sustainability and education
  • Greeted residents and commuters at the Fairmount commuter rail stop and Cleary Square in Hyde Park to discuss public art and transportation
  • Dined at Village Sushi with supporters in Roslindale to discuss Pipelines to Opportunity, connecting education and employment.


Michelle’s 50 ideas for Boston families can be found here: