Public Meeting: Morrissey Boulevard Redesign for Reconstruction
At this public meeting, DCR will present, and obtain feedback on, 25% design plans for reconstruction of Morrissey Boulevard. These plans will address the full length of the project.
The presentation will be viewable after the meeting on DCR’s website at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/public-meetings/. The public will be invited to submit comments after the public meeting, with a deadline for receipt by DCR of of Tuesday, July 18, 2017.
Comments may be submitted online at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/submit-public-comments/ or by writing to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114.
If you have questions or concerns or would like to be added to an email list to receive DCR general or project-specific announcements, please email Mass.Parks@state.ma.us or call 617-626-4973.
Hyde Park/ Mattapan Neighborhood Forum
Join the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, POHWER, the Southwest Boston CDC, and Mattapan United for a neighborhood forum.
This is a day to learn more about your neighborhood and have a voice in how it will be shaped! Food and refreshments will be provided.
Follow POHWER to stay informed: www.facebook.com/PeopleOfHydePark
For more information: www.swbcdc.org, 617-364-7300 ext. 24, email@example.com
Hyde Park/ Mattapan Neighborhood Forum
Summer Greenway Rides and Walks
Join MAPC and the LandLine Metro Boston Greenway Network for a series of bicycle rides and walking tours this summer!
Before attending a ride, please check back to this page for updates!
Mass Central Rail Trail - Waltham to Sudbury
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Construction Tour - Lowell to Concord
Tri Community Bikeway Construction Tour
Neponset Trail - UMass to Readville on new sections
Winthrop Beaches + Deer Island
Emerald Necklace - Fenway to Casey Blvd and beyond to Moakley Park
American Legion Highway Walk to Franklin Park
Tour de Streets
Tour de Streets is an annual family-friendly event that benefits your streets and LivableStreets. Choose between an urban ride, a family-friendly route and a walk highlighting the Emerald Network. Celebrate afterwards with a BBQ lunch, music, and games at North Point Park. Register today!
To find out about events and opportunities where you can learn more and improve your streets, visit the LivableStreets Calendar.
In the News
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.
"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."
"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."
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.
"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)."
“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.”
“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
Universal Hub links to WBUR's article "Cambridge Nonprofit Seeks to Connect 200 Miles of Paths" from September 12.
“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
"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."
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.