October 2018  Vol. 2 Issue 4



Register Now for our StreetTalk 10-in-1

Photo: Peter Holmgren

Join us for LivableStreets' 8th Annual StreetTalk 10-in-1 on Tuesday, December 4th at Old South Meeting House. Enjoy 10 rapid-fire "TED"-style talks, with plenty of inspiration to be had. Previous topics have included: Pop-Up Bus Lanes and Other DIY Bus Improvements, What Socially Engaged Art Can Teach Us, Designing Open Spaces for Women and ChildrenBecoming a Just Sustainable City:The Case for Boston, and more. One of our most popular events of the year - don't miss it! RSVP required, but event is free! Register now. 

Mayor Walsh Unveils Plan to Increase Access & Open Space Along Waterfront

Image: City of Boston

On Wednesday, Mayor Wash announced "Resilient Boston Harbor", a comprehensive and transformative vision that will invest in Boston's waterfront to protect the City's residents, homes, jobs, and infrastructure against the impacts of rising sea level and climate change. We're thrilled to see a proactive approach that prioritizes increasing access and open space along with protective measures. The plan includes the allocation of $11 million toward completing the Emerald Necklace from Franklin Park to Moakley Park along Columbia Road, as well as collaboration with the state on the Morrissey Boulevard re-design project.  Keep reading to learn more.

Roslindale Gateway Path Receives Funding

The dedication of our Greenway Partners WalkUP Roslindale, along with other community and city partners is paying off-- Governor Baker recently signed Environmental Bond Bill, H48, which includes $3 million for the construction of the Roslindale Gateway Path! The collaboration of these groups has also resulted in a grant that will help to create four new welcoming entrances for under-served neighborhoods adjacent to the Arboretum. Stay tuned for updates on these exciting additions!

Public Access to Belle Isle Marsh Increases with New Path


Residents in Winthrop are celebrating a new 1.5-mile system of paths along and above Belle Isle marsh, as well as a new marine ecology park and pavilion completed last month. The project is part of Walk Winthrop, an initiative officials launched several years ago to make the town a more walkable community. With its completion, residents and visitors can take a safe and pleasant walk from the intersection of Pleasant and Main streets to Short Beach without ever crossing a major street. We encourage you to check it out for yourself this fall! Read the Boston Globe coverage.

Watertown-Cambridge Greenway Under Construction

Photo: Watertown TAB

Construction is under way on an additional 1.25 mile section of the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway. The completed section will extend from the Arlington/Nichols/Crawford Street Intersection in Watertown to the entrance of the Cambridge Water Department on Fresh Pond Parkway. We're excited to see this multi-use path providing an important regional connection linking the Charles River Path system, the Minuteman Bikeway, the Alewife Greenway, and the Mystic River Reservation. Read the latest update from DCR. 

Gateway East in Brookline Making Progress

Image: Mikyoung Kim Design

Route 9 in Brookline will soon look more like a boulevard than a highway, including extensive improvements for pedestrian crosswalks, bike lanes and landscape and streetscape amenities. After many years of discussion, the project has moved forward and is currently out to bid. Once the town accepts a bid, it will pave the way for the two-year construction process to start in spring 2019. In late May of this year, five articles for the project passed unanimously at the annual Town Meeting. Read more from Wicked Local Brookline.



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

Route options, Fairmount to Mattapan Greenway. 

How does a greenway get its start? 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, we embarked on a feasibility study to help one of our Greenway Partners, Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation, demonstrate the potential of the Fairmount to Mattapan Greenway. Keep reading to learn more....

Columbia Road: Local Voices

People leave a performance at the Strand Theater. Columbia Road, Dorchester

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. Keep reading to hear some of the comments we’ve heard from local residents...







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