Advisor to Board
Ann Hershfang has lived in the South End for 50+ years with her husband Herb, raising 2 daughters who went to the local Bancroft elementary school. Now their eldest daughter Rachel lives upstairs with husband Wes Williams and two delightful granddaughters, Ellie and Claire, both at the local Hurley School. Most satisfying continuity.
Locally, Ann helped defeat a 4-lane South End Bypass highway; designing the SW Corridor Park in its place; a citizen-created SE Traffic and Transit Plan in mid-1970s, adopted by the City, that narrowed Columbus Ave. by two lanes & widened its sidewalks, reversed cross streets to discourage thru commuter traffic, and much more; designing, maintaining, enjoying Titus Sparrow Park.
Her career includes being on the Massport board, Masspike board, Undersecretary of Transportation in the Dukakis administration. In 1990, she co-founded WalkBoston, the nation’s first pedestrian advocacy organization, still marching along.