Featured Greenway: Beacon Street Bridleway

Beacon Street, from Audubon Circle to Cleveland Circle, is a pleasant, tree-lined boulevard that over the past year has been incorporated into our wider vision of the Emerald Network. Originally laid out in 1850, Beacon Street has long served as a busy connector between Brookline and Boston.  Thanks to Brookline resident Jules Milner-Brage and the Friends of Beacon Street Bridleway, an exciting vision for a safer, multimodal street is starting to take shape. Continue reading

A Greenway Makes Progress: An Interview with East Boston Greenway Coordinator Michelle Moon

From Piers Park to Wood Island Bay and Constitution Beach, the East Boston Greenway is a two-mile linear park that connects people of all ages to East Boston neighborhood amenities, Boston’s largest salt marsh, and other important public waterfront areas. One of our very first Greenway Stories explored the success and challenges of this greenway -- you can read it here. For this story we sat down with Michelle Moon, the newly hired Greenway Coordinator for Friends of the East Boston Greenway (FoEBG), to talk about her role, ongoing challenges for greenways, and how partnerships and programs are helping to activate the East Boston Greenway in 2019. Continue reading

Featured Greenway: Chelsea Greenway

If you build it, they will ride. That’s what the Baker-Polito Administration is hoping for with the addition of the Silver Line 3-Chelsea (SL3), newly opened last April. The SL3 offers an efficient one-seat connection to key destinations, including the Seaport and South Station, luring would-be car commuters and taking some of the strain off of five already overcrowded bus routes serving nearly 7,000 daily passengers in Revere and Chelsea. But while the SL3 grabbed headlines in Boston, locals celebrated an additional win in the form of the Chelsea Greenway, a new 0.65-mile shared-use path running parallel to the SL3 bus priority lane. Continue reading

Columbia Road: Local Voices

A 14-foot median with empty planters on Columbia Road, Dorchester (Next City) Columbia Road is a 2.2 mile stretch of road that runs between Franklin Park and Moakley Park in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. Lined with apartment buildings, businesses, churches, libraries, health centers, and historic buildings, it is a busy corridor at any time of day. But when we take a closer look at the existing design of the road -- more than 100-foot+ wide, 14-foot wide medians without any greenery, unprotected bike lanes -- it becomes clear that the road may be creating more barriers than access points for people. Here are some of the comments we’ve heard from local residents: Continue reading

A Greenway Gets its Start: Fairmount to Mattapan Feasibility Study Under Way

Route Options, Fairmount to Mattapan Greenway (click image to enlarge). Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation (SWBCDC) is an Emerald Network Greenway Partner actively working to expand access to open space for residents in Hyde Park. This summer, with the help of María de la Luz Lobos Martínez, a graduate student in landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Emerald Network embarked on a feasibility study to help SWBCDC demonstrate the potential of the Fairmount to Mattapan Greenway. The greenway is a direct effort to take action on the path proposed in the Go Boston 2030 plan and to supplement service improvements along the MBTA commuter rail Fairmount Line-- a goal of the 2014 Boston Plan’s Fairmount Indigo Corridor Plan.    Continue reading