Sandra Larson

Staff Writer

Sandra Larson has been writing for the Bay State Banner since 2009 and has contributed more than 100 stories on urban issues, including extensive coverage of foreclosure, affordable housing, minority jobs issues, and the city’s revitalization plans for Dudley Square in Roxbury. For the Banner and for Exhale Magazine, she has interviewed and profiled many prominent women, among them author Isabel Wilkerson, playwright Lydia Diamond, FACE Africa founder Saran Kaba Jones, former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, and Massachusetts first lady Diane Patrick. Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree in biological aspects of conservation and a master’s degree in journalism. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in urban and regional policy. She lives in Boston with her husband and 12-year-old son.

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Making design inclusive

Firm focuses on solving challenges for social impact organizations

Kristen Ransom, founder and CEO of IncluDe software design and development agency, was in college studying human factors engineering at Tufts University when she landed an internship at Harley-Davidson motorcycle company. There, she tackled the problem of designing motorcycles to fit women’s bodies.

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Boston Chamber opens doors

Opportunity director works to advance economic inclusion

Sheena Collier joined the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce last year as its first director of economic opportunity.

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Slade’s Bar & Grill changes hands

Slade’s Bar & Grill, one of Lower Roxbury’s longtime go-to spots for R & B music and soul food, is under new ownership — but patrons can rest assured that they’ll continue to find the same food, entertainment and atmosphere they know and love.

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Building a local economy

Ujima Project aims to put economic control in neighborhood hands

The Boston Ujima Project took a step forward last weekend with an inaugural assembly to launch its effort to build a new community-controlled economy in Boston’s neighborhoods of color.

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Boston Workers, advocates rally for unions, pay

Fast food strike, march mark Labor Day

On a day many New Englanders celebrate as the unofficial last day of summer with beach trips and BBQ parties, hundreds of low-wage workers and labor advocates took to the streets of Boston to call attention to their fight for a $15 minimum wage and for union rights.

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City seeks restaurateur tenant for prime Dudley real estate

The city of Boston is once again seeking a full-service restaurant tenant for the large vacant space at the front of the Bruce C. Bolling Building in the heart of Dudley Square. Finding the right restaurateur-tenant for the prominent location is critical to an enlivened Dudley Square, say experts and community stakeholders. Its two-year vacancy underscores the challenges in bringing new economic vitality to a square that has served as a commercial hub for a largely low-income neighborhood.

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A strong start for Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer

Attorney leaves corporate world to open craft brewery

Bev Armstrong, founder, CEO and head brewer of Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer, knows her career path is unusual. The Harvard-educated attorney and MBA made a “complete left turn” into entrepreneurship, hanging her shingle as a fulltime craft beer brewer in 2016, following a 15-year stint in the biotechnology industry in such high-level roles as CFO, general counsel and VP of operations.

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Advocates rally against housing budget cuts

Trump, Republican-led Congress put forward plans for deep budget cuts

Hundreds of housing advocates from Boston and across the state gathered near Faneuil Hall last week to protest budget cuts proposed by President Trump especially, and Congress to a lesser degree, that would decimate funding for many key housing-related programs.

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Marketing master goes with the flow

Zamawa Arenas branches off on her own with Flowetik

Venezuelan-born serial entrepreneur Zamawa Arenas previously spent 20 years with the full-service marketing firm Argus — 15 of those as co-owner — before hanging her own shingle in June.

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Advocates fight to save Melnea Cass Blvd trees

The group Friends of Melnea Cass Boulevard is urging city and state transportation officials and Mayor Marty Walsh to delay a street redesign plan in order to address community priorities regarding tree preservation and safety and to ensure adequate community oversight of the project.

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