Setting the Stage: Columbia Road
This is the first in the four-part series of 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 current state of the Columbia Road corridor. How does it serve and hinder the needs of the local community? How does it facilitate or impede the flow of people, both towards the harbor and towards residential neighborhoods? What are the opportunities it can fulfill for Bostonians of the future? To learn more and RSVP, click here.
Wednesday, March 29, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Parks, People, and Power: Building a Movement for the Mystic Greenways
The Mystic River Watershed Association invites you to a lecture and conversation featuring Alexie Torres-Fleming. Alexie will share her story of creating a community-driven movement to revitalize parks along the Bronx River. The lecture will be followed by a panel with Ms. Torres-Fleming, Amber Christoffersen, Mystic Greenways Director and Roseann Bongiovanni, Executive Director of GreenRoots, discussing how a democratic, participatory and innovative process can transform parks--and communities--along the Mystic River. To RSVP, click here.
Wednesday, April 5, 6:30pm
Beers & Cheers for the Mystic
Join the Mystic River Watershed Association for a fundraising evening at Night Shift Brewing in Everett! The Annex will be full of excellent craft beer and Mystic enthusiasts with live music by Hillbilly Holiday. Come out and support efforts to protect and restore our rivers. Funds from your $20 ticket support the Mystic River Watershed Association and include a beer and entry into a raffle for some awesome Patagonia gear. To purchase tickets, click here.
Thursday, April 13, 6:00 - 9:00pm
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, 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.