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Fulfilling the Promise: Community Building and the Emerald Necklace

Join the Emerald Network, the Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) and BSA Foundation to discuss the promise of Columbia Road in this four-part series, Fulfilling the Promise: Community Building and the Emerald Necklace.

Part II - Examples from Elsewhere: NYC and Washington DC

Intentionally created as one of the widest streets in Boston, this critical connection links Boston’s residential center to one of its greatest assets: the Boston Harbor. After more than a century as a connection primarily for vehicles, serving to divide the residential neighborhoods on either side, it is time to re-think the promise of Columbia Road. How can this road become a focal point for the community and enhance the lives of those living and working alongside it? To learn more and RSVP, click here.

Tuesday, April 25, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
@ BSA, Fort Point Room
290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston

Part III - Examples from Elsewhere: Copenhagen and Indianapolis

As Boston begins thinking strategically about its development throughout the 21st century, cities around the world provide case studies for how to achieve excellent outcomes in urban design and community building. How can great design make a roadway a beautiful destination, instead of merely a place to travel through? What strategies learned from projects abroad can be applicable here in Boston? How can we create a greenway on Columbia Road that is a source of pride for Dorchester residents, unities neighborhoods, and remains a conduit for the movement of people, buses, cars, and bikes? To learn more and to RSVP, click here

Monday, May 1, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
@ BSA, Fort Point Room
290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston

 

 

Forums on the Future

Imagine Boston 2030 will host a series of conversations with expert panelists to discuss the future of our City. To learn more and RSVP, click here. Doors open at 5:30. All events are free of charge. 

The History & Future of Planning in Boston
Thursday, April 27, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
@ Edward M. Kennedy Institute

The Role of Philanthropy in the Future of Our City
Wednesday, May 3, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
@ Faneuil Hall

How Academic Institutions Play a Role in Boston's Future
Tuesday, May 9, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
@ Boston Public Library, Copley Square


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To find out about events and opportunities where you can learn more and improve your streets, visit the LivableStreets Calendar.

 

 


 In the News

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Boston Planners See a Greenway Where There's a High-Traffic Road

Nidhi Gulati, program manager at LivableStreets Alliance, says that the focus should be on slowing traffic, making walking and biking more pleasant, and building an amenity for the people living along Columbia Road... “The bigger challenge is how do we tie the mini-neighborhoods together?” says Gulati. She says that planners will also need to address concerns about displacement and gentrification in Dorchester, where housing prices have climbed.

 


 

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Walkers Traverse Columbia Rd., Talking Green Space, Economics

"Nidhi Gulati, the Emerald Network Program Manager, said that she hopes to see 70 new miles of greenway over the next 15 years, noting that building such a system offers flexibility, with a number of ways to connect them. “What we can do is build safe connections so that you can hop from green to green."


 

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Plans to Expand Watertown Bike Paths Move Forward 

"Watertown's Senior Planner Gideon Schriber said work would extend an existing spur of the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway from where it empties onto Arsenal Street, next to the Watertown Mall Best Buy location, through Arsenal Park to the North Beacon Street Bridge.

The LivableStreets Alliance is helping the Town of Watertown Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee design the path over the next year." 


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"Watertown Moves" Celebrates Renovated Charles River Path 

Local organizations Live Well Watertown, LiveableStreets, the Watertown Bike and Pedestrian Committee, and others celebrated the Charles River pathway and riverfront park’s renovation that was completed in recent months.


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The View From the Street 

"So the real challenge we face is creating networks, especially low-stress bicycle networks and bus-priority networks...Coordination can also be initiated by a nonprofit (LivableStreets Alliance’s “Emerald Network” connecting Metro Boston’s greenways)."


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LivableStreets Launches Emerald Network    

“This is the future,” exclaimed LivableStreets Executive Director Jackie Douglas, “greenway paths that are linked together so that
you can move continuously from one path to another. Safe, accessible, off-road paths and their low-traffic stress connections
are simply a better way to get around the city.”


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Plan Seeks to Link 200 miles of Local Pathways 

“We’re excited by Livable Street’s Emerald Network initiative...It’s a perfect pairing with Boston’s Green Links project — a plan to provide walking and biking connections for all residents to Boston’s largest parks. The Emerald Network takes Boston’s local plan to scale in the region. It sets a vision for connecting our communities, improving mobility and increasing access to this region’s parks. We look forward to continuing our work with them on this effort.” - Chris Osgood, Boston Chief of Streets


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Group has a goal: A regional path network 

Universal Hub links to WBUR's article "Cambridge Nonprofit Seeks to Connect 200 Miles of Paths" from September 12.


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Initiative seeks to connect greenway paths in Greater Boston area

“Boston has a historic legacy of greenways and linear parks, which we appreciate, but our current systems could be better connected to continue work that has been done for 100 years.” - Amber Christofferson, Program Manager, Emerald Network Initiative


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Cambridge Nonprofit Seeks To Connect 200 Miles Of Paths

"Our streets should be focused on people, and be public spaces where people can get to where they want to go safely, efficiently, affordably and enjoyably," LivableStreets' deputy director Stacy Thompson said.

Thompson says she wants people to start thinking of the city's streets as "living, breathing transportation ecosystems."


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Groups Propose an Arboretum Gateway in Roslindale Square and new path to Forest Hills 

WalkUP Roslindale, Livable Streets and Tufts University are proposing a new bicycle and pedestrian path that would let people get from the Roslindale Village T stop to Forest Hills without having to step foot on Washington Street.