January 2019 Vol. 3 Issue 1


Happy New Year! Thank you for being a dedicated reader of our newsletter. We enjoy curating the latest greenway news, stories, and events from around the region and in your backyard. Help continue to grow the Network by forwarding this issue to a friend and encouraging them to subscribe today!

Celebrating Great Progress in 2018

Photo: TDM Photography

2018 was an exciting year of progress for the Emerald Network, with 4 miles completed (Franklin Park Pathway Improvements, Chelsea Greenway, Belle Isle Marsh Ecology Park and Walk), and 37 miles in feasibility, design, or construction; including the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway, South Bay Harbor Trail, and Summer Street. In 2019, you can look forward to more Emerald Network community events, including an expanded summer ride series highlighting key links in the Network. Stay tuned!

StreetTalk 10-in-1 Videos Are Live

Photo: Peter Holmgren

We had a packed house for our 8th Annual StreetTalk in December at Old South Meeting House. Highlights included "Preparing Our Future," a presentation by GreenRoots Chelsea ECO crew member Shakaya Moore-Perkins, and "Designing Playful Cities" with Emerald Network Program Manager Tony Lechuga. Thanks to WGBH Forum Network for filming the event.

Medford Greenway and Local State Park Projects Receive Boost from DCR Partnerships Matching Funds Program

Photo: WalkMedford

Twenty-five local projects will move ahead in 2019 thanks to the more than $990,000 investment by the Baker-Polito administration through the DCR Partnerships Matching Funds Program. Winning proposals in Metro Boston include the design and permitting of a new, shared-use greenway path along the Mystic River in Medford, and the design of a community skate park in Southwest Corridor Park in Boston. Click here to read more.

LivableStreets Partners with Greater Ashmont Main Street on Dot Greenway Project

Source: Greater Ashmont Main Street

LivableStreets will serve as fiscal partner for Greater Ashmont Main Street as they seek Community Preservation Act funding for the "Dot Greenway" project this spring. The Dot Greenway would be built on top of the Red Line tunnel cap between Park and Ashmont Streets, creating a shared-use path for people walking and biking, with some space for outdoor events. A coUrbanize page drew hundreds of comments, suggestions, and survey responses last year for the project. Click here to read the latest from the Dorchester Reporter.

Northeastern Design Studio Students Envision Innovative Public Spaces Along Columbia Road

Graduate students from Northeastern University partnered with LivableStreets last fall to explore Columbia Road in Dorchester and design ideas for public spaces activated by people, history, art, and culture. The goal of these projects was to engage the community and inspire creative thinking about what people want to see along the corridor. From connecting public art installations with the Safe Routes to School initiative to creating a safer intersection to link Columbia Road to the Franklin Park Zoo, we were very impressed with the research and imagination that went into these projects! Read more and view the final projects here.

LivableStreets' Columbia Road survey and work along the corridor was also recently featured in the Dorchester Reporter. Click here to read the full article.


Featured Greenway: Chelsea Greenway

Photo: WalkBoston

Although it may be geographically small, the City of Chelsea, along with its partners and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, is demonstrating what thoughtful planning can provide when it recognizes the need and benefits of providing safe and equitable options for connecting people and places. The City’s forethought to include a parallel greenway along with bus rapid transit is a winning combination that can serve as a model for other municipalities. Keep reading to learn more....

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

Photo: Friends of the East Boston Greenway

In our last newsletter we featured "A Greenway Gets Its Start," outlining the process of creating a feasibility study for the proposed Fairmount-Mattapan Greenway. This month we sat down with Michelle Moon, the new East Boston Greenway Coordinator, to learn more about the importance of greenway maintenance and improvements long after the ribbon cutting. Keep reading to learn more....


What is a Complete Street? How can road diets benefit drivers? We've developed three new educational one-pagers to help people learn and talk about common transportation planning concepts that are being implemented today for safer, more livable streets.

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