Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the Fairmount/Indigo Line CDC Collaborative is spearheading a nationally recognized smart growth, transit-oriented-development initiative along the 9-mile Fairmount commuter rail line in Boston. The members--Dorchester Bay EDC, Codman Square NDC, Mattapan CDC and Southwest Boston CDC--share contiguous boundaries along the line and serve over 175,000 largely low- and moderate-income and minority residents. This coalition of community development organizations is critical for building communities of opportunity and promoting sustainability goals.
Over the past several years, the collaborative has received transit equity state commitments of $100M for four new stops by 2011, extensive repairs at 2 existing stations and 3 rail bridges, affordable fares and improved service. The collaborative successfully pushed for smart growth, transit-oriented-development (TOD) "urban villages" with integrated new and preserved affordable housing, new retail and employment centers. The villages use green building, and energy efficiency measures, and promote green jobs (a total of 841 housing units and 161,900 sq. ft. of commercial space). They have also promoted environmental justice by improving health and recreational opportunities through the establishment of a 9-mile "Fairmount Greenway."