LivableStreets is making progress toward the Emerald Network vision by increased public visibility, targeted outreach to decision-makers and thought leaders, and working to advance specific greenway projects. Below you will find examples of ways we’ve engaged specific communities and the broader public around our work.
If you are interested in sharing your ideas for the Emerald Network and getting involved, check out our Greenway Partners Program.
Once envisioned as a pleasant, green parkway from Franklin Park to the Harbor, the traffic-filled Columbia Road corridor inhibits walking and biking between neighborhoods, stores, schools and open spaces. In October 2015, LivableStreets partnered with the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Loeb Fellowship to host a community workshop designed to share ideas on how this road could better serve the neighborhoods. “Reimagining Columbia Road" brought together 30 designers, nonprofits and community members to brainstorm a brighter future for this corridor. Click here to see more photos from our workshop!
In July 2015 the Emerald Network hosted a community ride to explore Dorchester’s Columbia Road corridor as a proposed greenway. Part of MAPC’s LandLine Summer Series, this ride was co-hosted by Boston Green Links and drew more than 20 participants. Click here to see more photos from our ride!
The Emerald Network hosted a design competition in partnership with the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) in 2013, engaging more than a hundred planners, developers, business leaders and city officials. Nine interdisciplinary teams representing the city's leading design firms produced design concepts for missing links in the greenway network. Click here to see all of the design concepts and photos from the event!
What role could the Emerald Network play in not only increasing mobility options for people in the Metro area, but also tackling challenges like economic development, equity, climate change and public health in urban Boston? How do we build it? What are the challenges? How do we get there? Our Urban Greenways StreetTalk* brought together a diverse panel of experts to grapple with these questions while engaging audience members in a lively discussion. This event drew over 60 attendees to the BSA Space.
*StreetTalks are LivableStreets’ discussion series. Click here to learn more!