Big Picture Thinking. Real World Results.

Mission

A Better City advances Boston’s and the region’s economic health, access, sustainability, and quality of life through applied research, planning, targeted services, and advocacy.

In pursuit of its mission, A Better City brings together work in the three core program areas of Transportation and Infrastructure, Land Use and Development, and Energy and the Environment.

Publications

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Future of Parking in Boston

Parking policy affects the livelihood of Bostonians, the success of businesses, and the health of our environment. Today, Boston’s parking policies are not aligning well with the needs that parking is intended to serve. This report is intended to be a guide for the city’s neighborhoods and policymakers. 

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A Guide to Placemaking for Mobility

A framework for analysis to understand the relationship between mobility and the public realm. It overviews the history of the Greater Boston region's public realm, then describes emerging design and planning strategies to improve the places and corridors that comprise the area's mobility system. 

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Sustainable Tenant Fit-Out and Improvement Guide

Tenant fit-outs and retrofits of tenant spaces can be key opportunities to incorporate sustainability principles.This guide provides resources for Boston tenants when moving to a new space, retrofitting an existing space or maintaining the efficiency of existing spaces. 

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Innovation Through Aggregation

Provides lessons learned for organizations interested in aggregating the purchase of renewable energy including: the benefits of renewable energy beyond environmental impact; the value of partnerships and collaboration to yield results; the organizational flexibility gained through renewable energy purchasing; and the necessity for ongoing recruitment and anchor partners.

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