LivableStreets is making progress toward the Emerald Network vision by increasing public awareness of the potential system and its benefits, targeting outreach to decision-makers and thought leaders, and working to advance specific greenway projects. Here are some examples of ways we’ve engaged specific communities and the broader public around our work.
To support the completion of the 200-mile Emerald Network, the Greenway Partners Program selected six community partners to receive capacity-building aid in advancing proposed greenway projects.
Through the program, LivableStreets provides technical assistance to each of the six partners. The support is customized to fit the unique opportunities and challenges posed by each community, and includes a mix of encouraging community engagement, developing design concepts, commissioning feasibility studies, hosting community workshops, and building public and political support.
Working with Universities
Since 2016, LivableStreets has been working alongside university partners to engage with communities around proposed greenways. Students from Tufts, Northeastern, and Harvard Universities have conducted community visioning sessions and produced feasibility studies for greenways throughout Boston. The Emerald Network has also been a part of coursework at numerous universities where students have analyzed and created preliminary designs for various connections as part of the network.
Visit our resources page to view some of their work.
What role could the Emerald Network play in not only increasing mobility options for people in the Metro area, but also tackling challenges like economic development, equity, climate change and public health in urban Boston? Our Urban Greenways StreetTalk* brought together a diverse panel of experts to grapple with this question while engaging audience members in a lively discussion.
*StreetTalks are LivableStreets’ discussion series. Click here to learn more.
Once envisioned as a pleasant, green parkway from Franklin Park to Boston Harbor, the traffic-filled Columbia Road corridor inhibits walking and biking between local destinations. In October 2015, LivableStreets partnered with the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Loeb Fellowship to host a community workshop designed to share ideas on how this road could better serve the neighborhoods. “Reimagining Columbia Road” brought together 30 designers, nonprofits and community members to brainstorm a brighter future for this corridor. Click here to see more photos from our workshop.
Emerald Network Bike Ride
In July 2015 the Emerald Network hosted a community ride to explore Dorchester’s Columbia Road corridor as a proposed greenway. Part of MAPC’s LandLine Summer Series, this ride was co-hosted by Boston Green Links and drew more than 20 participants. Click here to see more photos from our ride.
In 2013, the Emerald Network hosted a design competition in partnership with the Boston Society of Architects, engaging more than a hundred planners, developers, business leaders and city officials. Nine interdisciplinary teams representing the city's leading design firms produced design concepts for missing links in the greenway network. Click here to see all of the design concepts and photos from the event.