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.

PRESENTATIONS

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Green Street Parklet: Jamaica Plain

Green Street Parklet: Jamaica Plain presented by Ginger Brown, Executive Director, JP Centre / South Main Street on 12/3/2019

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Neighborways Community Based Pavement Painting

Neighborways Community Based Pavement Painting presented by Mark Chase, Founder/Project Manager, Neighborways Design on 12/3/2019

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Birch Street Plaza: Roslindale Village

Birch Street Plaza: Roslindale Village by Nina Chase, Principal & Co-Founder, Merritt Chase (unable to attend due to weather. Presented by Jacob Wessel) on 12/3/2019

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Tactical Urbanism 2020

Tactical Urbanism 2020 presented by Mike Lydon, Principal, STREETPLANS Keynote Speaker on 12/3/2019

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Mathtalk: Aha! See Math Everywhere

MathTalk: Aha! See Math Everywhere by Omo Moses, Founder, MathTalk (unable to attend due to weather. Presented by Michelle Moon of A Better City) on 12/3/2019

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Bringing Life to Streets

Bringing Life to Streets presented by Jessica Robertson, Associate, Utile on 12/3/2019

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Plazas Downtown Boston

Plazas Downtown Boston presented by Jacob Wessel, Public Realm Director, City of Boston on 12/3/2019

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Gove Street Crossing: East Boston

Gove Street Crossing: East Boston presented by Stephanie Weyer, Landscape Architect, Toole Design on 12/3/2019

Publications

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FUNDING TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS: A COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORTATION FINANCE PLAN

An answer to our Feb 2019 report, An Update on Transportation Finance, which identified a projected multi-billion-dollar transportation funding gap over the next ten years just to properly maintain existing transportation infrastructure at the MassDOT Highway Division and the MBTA. READ HERE

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NEW MBTA BUS MAINTENANCE FACILITIES & EVOLVING BATTERY ELECTRIC BUS TECHNOLOGY

A Better City in partnership with its consultant Jacobs Engineering and funded by the Barr Foundation assessed the potential to incorporate a battery-electric bus (BEB) maintenance facility...

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE  

REVIEW EVENT SLIDES HERE

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AN UPDATE ON TRANSPORTATION FINANCE

A Better City released a new report identifying a projected $8.4 billion gap in Massachusetts transportation funding requirements between 2019 and 2028...

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE  

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THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION

We are encouraged by Governor Baker’s creation of the Future of Transportation Commission to focus on long-term visioning and planning. Transportation and infrastructure investments may be 20+ years in the making and are subject to changing demographics, technologies, and aspirations, but the visioning needs to be proactive and continuous.

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TACTICAL PUBLIC REALM GUIDELINES

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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AN OVERVIEW OF ENERGY STORAGE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MA COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

Energy storage has come to the attention of building owners around the country because of the cost savings it delivers, as well as the range of services and benefits it can provide to facilities and the broader electric grid. 

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TRANSPORTATION DIVIDEND: TRANSIT INVESTMENTS AND THE MA ECONOMY

As home to America’s first subway, Boston has been a transit-oriented city for more than a century and much of our regional economic success is due to the connectivity that a transit system provides. 

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Greenway Business Improvement District (BID)

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