TH25 - Politics, Partnerships and the Public Process (Sponsored by WiD)

Thursday, November 9 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM « Back

Abstract Text:

In 1995, the East Boston Greenway was a community vision for a multi-use linear park comprised of trails and parks, which would reunite a long-divided East Boston and would promote social and environmental justice. The trail would begin near Boston Harbor, travel along the former Conrail railroad right-of-way through Bremen Street Park link to Memorial Stadium Park and continue on to Constitution Beach. In 2017, it is 90% complete and serves a diverse, low income population of 40,000. This public space has changed the lives of residents throughout this working class community and has become the best route to the water from the neighborhoods. The Greenway is an example of a successful public-private partnership based on fervently held community values and implemented through creative public and private urban design moves. The East Boston Greenway has attracted both public and private investment, including but not limited to: • The re-use of a nineteenth century railroad Engine House by the YMCA in Bremen Street Park. •The East Boston branch of the Boston Public Library next to Bremen Street Park •Excel Academy Charter High School built a facility next to the East Boston Public Library •Porter 156 residences adjacent to Memorial Stadium Park.

Learning Objectives:

How to envision, plan and develop trail projects with connections to mass transit.

How to develop and implement urban design ideas and will stimulate appropriate adjacent economic development.

How to build productive public-private partnerships.

How to facilitate a successful public community process.


AIA Credit Hours:

Event Type: Education Sessions; Women in Design Symposium > Session