About

The Gove Street Citizens Association (GSCA) safeguards the Ward 1, Precinct 2 neighborhood area first from 1974 until 2005 and then since it was reactivated in 2015 to the present.

The decision to reactivate the GSCA is due to the inadequate representation of the Precinct 2 area created by the recent increase of small and large scale project developments. These developments will have significant impacts on the everyday life of direct abutters, area homeowners and residents, and local businesses.

The GSCA will be a proactive sounding board by analyzing both the positive and negative project designs, the impacts on surrounding area buildings and businesses, address parking and traffic concerns, and act to resolve problem issues with developers and the City prior to final City of Boston project approvals.

The GSCA will provide appropriate representation of abutters, homeowners, and residents at City of Boston Zoning Board of Appeal and BPDA Board Project Hearings.

The main goal of the GSCA is to provide proper transparency of all project issues for the best project decision making and neighborhood protections.

Leadership

  • Chair: Jack Scalcione (Interim)
  • Secretary: Nat Taylor
  • Mimi DiFeo
  • Grace Gioacchini
  • Jennifer White
  • Lorraine Curry
  • Sandra DiFeo
  • Shawn Lu
  • Theresa Malionek

Streets and House Numbers in GSCA Area

Updated 6/9/2015

STREETS HOUSE NUMBERS
BREMEN 62 to 135
COTTAGE 86 to 194
EVERETT 1 to 149
FRANKFORT 8 to 80
GENEVA 10 to 52
GOVE 142 to 174
LAMSON 35 to 47
LUBEC 55 to 85
MAVERICK 159 to 307
MCKAY PLACE 2 and 9
ORLEANS 60 to 175
PORTER 156 and 191

History

The Gove Street Citizens Association operated for 35 years as a strong, effective neighborhood group representing the Mount Carmel area. The GSCA worked very hard on many issues over the years. It organized residents about the issue of a third harbor tunnel when the route was along the railroad right of way and then at the foot of Jeffries Point through the Jeffries cove. Working with the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association the groups lobbied the Governor and other state officials to have the tunnel surface on the airport.

The Gove Street Association worked for many years on airport impact issues like noise and air pollution. The group lobbied at City Hall and at the State House to get the airport to implement noise abatement techniques and soundproofing of homes and schools. All the while the GSCA worked together with other neighborhood groups making the neighborhood voice a stronger one.

Both of these neighborhood groups worked with the City to improve the zoning rules in this end of East Boston. The idea was to control institutional expansion and allow the kind of development that would enhance the residential quality of the neighborhood. Both areas had historic overlay districts designated in parts of their areas to preserve some of the unique history of the sub neighborhoods.

During the 35 year operation of the GSCA many other ideas and issues were brought up for discussion and action. The Mount Carmel area was very strong and organized around neighborhood issues. They were recognized by all levels of government and earned the respect of all the elected officials and government agencies.

When the City was forced to close the police station and a firehouse because of severe budget cuts the East Boston citizens rallied at the tunnel for 61 days to protest the closings. The GSCA was one of the neighborhood groups to recruit volunteers to march in the protest. To have an active citizen organization to watch over a section of a neighborhood makes the whole neighborhood a stronger one. There is more information able to be circulated among the neighbors on small and large issues. An informed citizen is an empowered one.

After 35 years the leadership of the GSCA decided to slow down and work within other organizations to do community work. In recent months with so many new development proposals surfacing in the neighborhood it became evident that more work and citizen involvement was necessary to protect the integrity of the neighborhood. So the old leadership and the newer neighborhood residents decided to revive the GSCA as a mechanism through their voices could be heard on important issues, So, the Association reintroduced themselves to the local and State officials and to developers in the neighborhood. Of course the intention is to work with all the other neighborhood groups on issues that affect all sections of neighborhood. Particular attention is to be paid to the local issues in the Mount Carmel area so each voice is heard and opinions are heard and respected by all who want to do business in the area.

The community is made stronger and more effective with more people and opinions involved in decision making for their immediate neighborhood. So, the GSCA is a healthy, invigorated group of residents who only want the best for their neighborhood.