Breathing Room: Mapping Boston's Green Spaces Exhibition
Check out this exhibition featuring the Emerald Network! Travel back through time to explore the origins of Boston's parks, community gardens, and other open spaces. Featuring maps from 1775 through the present day, Breathing Room tells the story of Boston's phenomenal growth during the 19th century, the resulting overcrowding and spread of disease, and the solution: a system of public parks that came to define the city. Alongside historical maps that provide a window to the past, visitors will view current plans for Boston's future. What role will these green spaces play in our vision for Boston in 2030? The show will open on March 23, 2018, in addition to a virtual exhibition.
March 2018 - September 2018
To find out about events and opportunities where you can learn more and improve your streets, visit the LivableStreets Calendar.
In the News
December 13, 2017
Designing cities and making them a success is a very complicated process. More and more cross-pollination; more and more on the ground action is key. - Nidhi Gulati, Emerald Network Program Manager
Some, like Dorchester resident Lynn Holmgren with the Livable Streets Alliance, wanted an even lower speed limit. “At a minimum, the speed limit on Morrissey Blvd should be reduced from 40 to 30 mph,” she wrote. “The road must also be designed in a way that will help to self-enforce the speed limit and restrict large trucks. Removing concrete medians, narrowing travel lane widths, and rethinking curb offsets are several ways to achieve this.”
July 19, 2017
Listen to the episode here.
Nidhi Gulati, program manager at LivableStreets Alliance, says that the focus should be on slowing traffic, making walking and biking more pleasant, and building an amenity for the people living along Columbia Road... “The bigger challenge is how do we tie the mini-neighborhoods together?” says Gulati. She says that planners will also need to address concerns about displacement and gentrification in Dorchester, where housing prices have climbed.
"Nidhi Gulati, the Emerald Network Program Manager, said that she hopes to see 70 new miles of greenway over the next 15 years, noting that building such a system offers flexibility, with a number of ways to connect them. “What we can do is build safe connections so that you can hop from green to green."
"Watertown's Senior Planner Gideon Schriber said work would extend an existing spur of the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway from where it empties onto Arsenal Street, next to the Watertown Mall Best Buy location, through Arsenal Park to the North Beacon Street Bridge.
The LivableStreets Alliance is helping the Town of Watertown Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee design the path over the next year."
Local organizations Live Well Watertown, LiveableStreets, the Watertown Bike and Pedestrian Committee, and others celebrated the Charles River pathway and riverfront park’s renovation that was completed in recent months.
"So the real challenge we face is creating networks, especially low-stress bicycle networks and bus-priority networks...Coordination can also be initiated by a nonprofit (LivableStreets Alliance’s “Emerald Network” connecting Metro Boston’s greenways)."
"Beatman said that the American Legion corridor study grant was one of six projects selected. The MHMC membership agreed that the grant will be a great help to getting the improvements that they have been pushing for over many years."
“This is the future,” exclaimed LivableStreets Executive Director Jackie Douglas, “greenway paths that are linked together so that
you can move continuously from one path to another. Safe, accessible, off-road paths and their low-traffic stress connections
are simply a better way to get around the city.”
“We’re excited by Livable Street’s Emerald Network initiative...It’s a perfect pairing with Boston’s Green Links project — a plan to provide walking and biking connections for all residents to Boston’s largest parks. The Emerald Network takes Boston’s local plan to scale in the region. It sets a vision for connecting our communities, improving mobility and increasing access to this region’s parks. We look forward to continuing our work with them on this effort.” - Chris Osgood, Boston Chief of Streets
Universal Hub links to WBUR's article "Cambridge Nonprofit Seeks to Connect 200 Miles of Paths" from September 12.
“Boston has a historic legacy of greenways and linear parks, which we appreciate, but our current systems could be better connected to continue work that has been done for 100 years.” - Amber Christofferson, Program Manager, Emerald Network Initiative
"Our streets should be focused on people, and be public spaces where people can get to where they want to go safely, efficiently, affordably and enjoyably," LivableStreets' deputy director Stacy Thompson said.
Thompson says she wants people to start thinking of the city's streets as "living, breathing transportation ecosystems."
WalkUP Roslindale, Livable Streets and Tufts University are proposing a new bicycle and pedestrian path that would let people get from the Roslindale Village T stop to Forest Hills without having to step foot on Washington Street.