The Emerald Network is working to implement the vision of 200+ miles of greenways by increasing public awareness of the network and its benefits, targeting outreach to decision-makers and thought leaders, and advancing specific greenway projects. For the past four years we've engaged communities and the broader public around our work in the following ways:
Through its Greenway Partners Program, LivableStreets originally selected six community partners to receive capacity-building aid in advancing greenway projects. Since the launch of the program, two of the greenways are now under construction, four have project leads or municipal support, and we have brought on two new partners. LivableStreets provides customized support to fit the unique opportunities and challenges posed by each community. Support often 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, UMass Amherst, 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.
The Emerald Network has been the focus of multiple LivableStreets' StreetTalks*. Our 2015 "Urban Greenways" StreetTalk brought together a diverse panel of experts to grapple with the intersectionality of economic development, equity, climate change, and urban public health. Our 2018 StreetTalk "Olmsted for the 21st Century" featured an exciting panel of experts discussing smart practices in grassroots organizing and public mobilization around greenway projects.
The Emerald Network has also been a topic of interest at our annual StreetTalk 10-in-1. Check out the following presentations to learn more:
*StreetTalks are LivableStreets' discussion series. Click here to learn more.
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 Columbia Road could better serve the neighborhoods. Since then we have expanded the model and continue to work with municipalities, community members, non-profits, and designers to reimagine potential open space and greenway corridors across the region.
Emerald Network Walking & Biking Tours
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. Since then we have expanded our participation in LandLine's annual summer ride series to explore potential greenways alongside community and municipal partners.