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.
A Better City Conversations: I-90 ALLSTON PROJECT
We were joined by panelists Gautam Sundaram, Principal, Urban Design of Perkins&Will, Devanshi Purohit, Senior Urban Designer, and Kishore Varanasi, Principal, Director of Urban Design of cbt to discuss the I-90 Allston Project. To learn more, click here.
A Better City Conversations Cultural Institutions
The purposes of this discussion were to learn more about how some of the Commonwealth’s leading non-profits or cultural institutions have been navigating the ongoing pandemic, reopening strategies, and protocols. Review slides here.
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
Neighborways Community Based Pavement Painting
Neighborways Community Based Pavement Painting presented by Mark Chase, Founder/Project Manager, Neighborways Design on 12/3/2019
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
Tactical Urbanism 2020
Tactical Urbanism 2020 presented by Mike Lydon, Principal, STREETPLANS Keynote Speaker on 12/3/2019
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
Bringing Life to Streets
Bringing Life to Streets presented by Jessica Robertson, Associate, Utile on 12/3/2019
Plazas Downtown Boston
Plazas Downtown Boston presented by Jacob Wessel, Public Realm Director, City of Boston on 12/3/2019
Greenway Business Improvement District (BID)
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
NEW MBTA BUS MAINTENANCE FACILITIES & EVOLVING BATTERY ELECTRIC BUS TECHNOLOGY
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.