In addition to Malden Square, the City of Malden boasts several "small squares" which are gateways to various neighborhoods across the community. In recent years the Malden Redevelopment Authority worked with city officials to bring improvements to these small squares. Projects include:
Salem Street Beautification
Working with Ward 5 City Councillor Barbara Murphy, public improvements to Salem Street between Faulkner and Mt. Vernon Streets included the installation of American flags on various light poles on either side of the street, tree plantings as well as the installation of decorative hanging flower baskets. CDBG funds were used for these public improvements.
Highland Avenue Upgrades
Home to a variety of small businesses, a private senior housing development and two complexes owned and operated by the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, this well-traveled corridor between Emerald and Hubbard Streets received much-needed physical improvements at the urging of Ward 2 City Councillor Steven Ultrino. These betterments included new street trees, newly painted crosswalks and flashing beacons to allow for safe pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Highland Court and Charles Street. CDBG funds were also used on this revitalization effort.
East Side Pedestrian Improvements
Pedestrian improvements completed in the area of Linden Square included installation of rapid flashing beacons at Lynn Street, pedestrian safety improvements and ADA sidewalk improvements. CDBG funds were used for this public improvement project.
Public investment in the small squares was one of many recommendations contained in the City's Master Plan.