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Boston Logan Photography Exhibit ‘Opens Doors’ on Boston Housing Exhibit of 60 Photographs Shows the Changing Faces of Boston’s Housing History
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Port Authority and the
Boston Housing Authority are proud to announce a new public art exhibit at Boston Logan International Airport, entitled “Opening Doors: Faces of Boston’s Housing History’’.
The exhibit of 60 photographs consists of black and white archival images from the 1930s, including Mayor James Michael Curley in the cab of a crane at the development of the D Street (now West Broadway) housing project, and contemporary color photographs of today’s housing developments and the residents who call them home. The photographs will hang in the walkway between Terminal C and Terminal B from March 22nd until May 20th.
“We always like it when our exhibits provide travelers at the airport a sense of place and this exhibit excels in that regard – it is quintessentially Boston,’’ said Ed Freni, Massport’s Director of Aviation. “More importantly, it shows how diverse a city Boston has become and the role of government in providing quality and affordable accommodations to more than 50,000 people in the city.’’
“We are excited to be able to share the archival photographs, as well as the present photographs, with the public so that people can see firsthand the positive changes in our affordable housing programs over time,” said BHA Administrator Bill McGonagle. “Our residents have dreams and aspirations just like anyone else, and we hope that by providing them with needed affordable housing, we help them reach those dreams.”
Formed in 1935, the BHA provides affordable housing through the Public and Indian Housing and Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Programs funded through the state and federal governments. Currently, the BHA subsidizes approximately 14,000 public housing apartments throughout Boston and approximately 15,000 Section 8 apartments primarily throughout the Greater Boston area.
The Logan Art Program is dedicated to enhancing the air travel experience of our customers. The Program’s purpose is to create and manage exhibitions that refine the airport environment while supporting local artists and institutions. By creating an ambience in the airport that reflects the sophistication and cultural diversity of the City of Boston, the region of New England, and the world at large, we aim to educate, inspire and entertain all Logan visitors.
Boston Logan, 15 minutes from the intersection of Route 128 and I-90 and five minutes from downtown Boston, serves as the gateway to the New England region and offers nonstop service to 70 domestic and 32 international destinations and in 2010 handled 27.4 million passengers. Boston Logan is the Air Line Pilot Association’s Airport of the Year for 2008 because of its commitment to safety. Over the past decade, the airport spent $4.5 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, parking facilities, roadways and airport concessions, and has been transformed into a world-class 21st Century facility. The airport generates $7 billion in total economic impact each year.
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The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $8 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities.