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Locals Take Part in 'Malden is Moving'

It's part of a new initiative by the Board of Health and YWCA to increase activity for residents.

As part of a plan to promote a "healthy and active community," Mayor Gary Christenson joined residents to walk Malden Streets as part of the city's new Malden is Moving initiatve.

The program, coordinated by the local YWCA and Board of Health, encourages residents to get out and move.

The group starts out at Government Center and walks a different part of Malden every other Tuesday.

“I love getting outside during the day to interact with residents,” Mayor Gary Christenson said in a statement.  “I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the City.”
The next Mayor's next Walk and Talk will be Tuesday, August 14th at 12:00 Noon.

Phe August 09, 2012 at 05:16 PM
So you're populating the place now with people who never would have stopped before. You're giving them a reason to pause, and you're making it an unsafe place for others who would have stopped to conduct illegal or harmful transactions in the past. That's what's happened in many other areas locally. The idea is to get the foot traffic and make it uncomfortable, and the more that people and families who are now out to see what's new or have a decent time see illegal activity, the more likely they are to call the police. There's the community partnership. The police respond, and the hookers and dealers move further away because now, it's not really so blighted and vacant and easy to conduct business. If the police DON'T respond, that partnership is broken, yes. But...you can't have one without the other. You don't have income to add public safety interests because you don't have businesses willing to pay for the permits (for the trucks) or the fees for the stands or the taxes for the properties. But when you can get both of them together, you affect actual change. It's noticeable already down there - but it also doesn't happen overnight. I would also ask if you were so concerned about the fate of the other restaurants or pubs serving food that were in the area when D7 or Fizz Ed's opened shop as you are about food trucks that are not permanent fixtures in the area. Or is it that you don't like the idea of what you perceive as a yuppification happening?
Liana Rogue August 09, 2012 at 05:18 PM
@Michael G... aside from opinions, do you have suggestions of how we can improve?
Lemmy August 09, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I like the city's efforts and hope to see more.
david mokal August 09, 2012 at 06:19 PM
That was my families old property once a farm there. I grew up in the big 2 family on the hill and Kennedy Drive went through it. Uesd to may nice there all wildlife,huge trees like being in Maine
david mokal August 09, 2012 at 06:22 PM
They have been trying to make this Yuppy town for years but we are all from the working class. "We All Put Our Pants On The Same Way!" More like Malden burry USA
david mokal August 09, 2012 at 06:27 PM
We should all have a walk late at night. Like down on the trouble spots. Take a real good look around
Michael B Elvale August 09, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Bostonurbex, a teen center??? really, c'mon will you people grow up! If you want big people jobs, then act and work like big people!
david mokal August 09, 2012 at 11:16 PM
I still Love My City We all just got to fix it.
Dan O'Brien August 09, 2012 at 11:55 PM
One of the problems I see is people that used to live in Allston, Cambridge and Somerville moved to Malden because it was more affordable, although they didn't want to give up their artist community and bike trails, they figured let's just convince all the politicians in Malden that it would be great to have here. It would bring some class to Malden, that became the focus of our politicians, that was more important than getting a new fire station or fixing the roads that are covered with huge potholes, they worked on getting a bike trail and painted some murals, there is your classy joint now. I like art, I don't necessarily want to see it on switchboxes, under an overpass or even on a crosswalk, most people would call that graffiti and we all know what that does for a city. City Hall needs to get their priorities in check, provide for the safety of the community first. If our elected politicians can't do that, it is time to vote them all out.
Michael G August 10, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Dan you must hate art puppies and rainbows. I think.switch box art is good. I seen some good ones. But that tellie tubby one near Ferryway needs a do over. Or the one on Salem st in front of 711 of wine bottles. Great for those in recovery. If the city wants to model itself after another, you do it after a city or town like ours. Saugus, Revere, Melrose....not cities with college campuses. It is a different animal. The mayors office is trying to crowd the square. Three new apt buildings going up? These going to be "high class" like the others?
Michael G August 10, 2012 at 12:38 AM
To revitalize a city you start by cleaning the scum off the street. Making the streets safer for customers. Then you slowly bring the change in. It is all lipstick on a pig. Too much all at once. The Mayors office needs to focus on more important issues. Safety comes first. Then bring in the rest when you have control.
Michael G August 10, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Thanks Mike. Means a lot coming from a great guy like you.
Michael G August 10, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Wow if you can't take a compliment, Im sorry.
Liana Rogue August 10, 2012 at 01:35 AM
@Michael G... we all want scums off the streets... the yuppy method is to push them out with arts, crafts and "classier" residents. What's your method? What are your suggestions for getting scum off the streets?
Michael G August 10, 2012 at 01:41 AM
More police. Cutting the budget in many areas in question. More police can make a difference. Our force is too small for the amount of residents we have. Push the homeless away and enforce loitering. I see kids outside 711 for hours late at night. Curfew. Will be easier to weed of the trouble makers from the honest residents. Zero tolerance policy. Let these scum bags know "Not in Malden." And let them pass the word on. Education. Teaching residents the harsh truth and not have sugar coated meetings. Also education for store owners. Have them look out for each other.
DannyBoy August 10, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Michael G, all of what you propose requires money, how do you propose funding for these "initiatives"? Do you think city hall is going to fund these things without taxing the homeowners through the roof one way or the other? If they go that route, I say "no way Jose"!
Diana August 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM
"Before you can have food trucks you need room." Which would make Maplewood Square a pretty terrible place for them, of course. Food trucks need to be where there's foot traffic, not car traffic. If they put them in Maplewood Square, something tells me you'd see what's wrong with that. Loudly. The mayor has been in office eight months. Eight. You can count that even with your socks on. The simple fact is that easy stuff gets done before hard stuff. That doesn't mean that the hard stuff is being ignored, it means that you're going to have to cultivate more patience than that of the average toddler.
Diana August 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM
What does "zero tolerance" mean, and how would you suggest such a thing be enforced? I'm pretty sure we already have laws. It's a city, not a grade school. We can't expel people.
ForestDale August 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM
"Push the homeless away" to where exactly? Saugus? Revere? The ocean?
Phe August 10, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Diana - Zero Tolerance in this case appears to be as follows: No students. No yuppies. No artists. No poor people. No renters. No dog owners (unless the breed is under 2 pounds). No families with any more or less than 2.5 children. No person or persons who doesn't work full-time to earn a modestly comfortable income, have the right car, right lawn, and the knowledge that anything less than being greeted at the door by your loving wife, (who is wearing pearls, high heels, and a modest but flattering wool skirt and bearing a drink and the evening paper) when you get home is simply the work of the devil or the evil urban influence of that far away but encroaching metropolis known as Boston. It's this mindset that is making me rather grateful to be heading off for military stuff, in the middle of nowhere, in the suck, for a little while. At least there, I'll be able to breathe out rather than worry about how everytime something good happens, Ward Cleaver and his gang of nay-sayers will come to tell us why and how it is wrong and bad and evil for the city. At least there, I can make the privates do push-ups. :p Because, you know, positive change of any stripe = DAMN HIPPIES ON MAH LAWN.
Andrew25 August 10, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Why Phe instead of Hellgirl?
Lemmy August 10, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Forestdale I say we push them to Winchester to follow the one who allowed them here.
Michael G August 10, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Zero tolerance means you enforce the laws on the books, you stop a group of kids walking down the street at 3 am, and so on. You put heat on the people hanging around to sent the message out. And I will agree with Lemmy, send them over to Winchester. It seems like the same two homeless people are always stealing stuff from stores, getting into fight and bothering people but are back on the streets in no time. Don't get me wrong, I feel bad for homeless people, but the ones who are constantly causing issues and stealing are hurting the city.
Michael G August 10, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Also Dannyboy. If you look deep into the budget you can cut many of the new jobs that have been made. In my opinion I would rather have another cop then a personal photographer to the the mayor, or 3 full time receptionists. If the blue bag money went to where it was suppose to we could be at a higher staff level in our pubic safety without over taxing the people.
Phe August 10, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Andrew - Because it's my name? Why does it matter?
Andrew25 August 10, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Just curious why you changed it. You seemed to be building a Hellgirl fan club a while back.
Phe August 10, 2012 at 04:41 PM
LOL! I wouldn't go that far. I retired that screenname for good. And when I signed up for Patch, I was under the impression that usernames had to be real names or at least, not patently designed to cover one's identity. So I used my first name.
Andrew25 August 10, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I try to stay anonymous... My fan club likes to carry pitchforks and torches!
Phe August 10, 2012 at 05:45 PM
*hides pitchfork behind back* Heh. Torches you say? Heh...well, it's been great chatting but...I forgot something and....gotta go get it. *runs back home for torch* :D j/k
Phe August 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Michael Gualtieri - Oh no... :D

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