October 9, 2020
I would like to thank the nearly 200 participants who joined this morning’s A Better City Conversations webinar, I-90 Allston Project: Riverfront Analysis + Design Exploration.
We were fortunate to feature presentations from Gautam Sundaram, Principal, Urban Design of Perkins&Will, Devanshi Purohit, Senior Urban Designer, and Kishore Varanasi, Principal, Director of Urban Design of cbt to explore the various considerations and benefits of an all at-grade design of the “throat” section of the I-90 Allston Multimodal Project. Glen Berkowitz, Project Manager at A Better City, Bradley Campbell, President of the Conservation Law Foundation, and I also provided remarks, while Kate Dineen, Executive Vice President of A Better City, moderated the Q&A session. Thanks to dozens of thoughtful questions from an engaged audience, we had a richly informed conversation about the project and the future of the region.
Earlier this week, we shared the encouraging news that MassDOT and the Federal Highway Administration have formally accepted a version of the A Better City/City of Boston all at-grade alternative—now referred to as the “Modified All At-grade option”—as the all at-grade alternative to carry forward in the formal review process for the I-90 Allston Multimodal Project. We thank Secretary Pollack and look forward to continuing to work with MassDOT to further refine their all at-grade concept and to ensure that it is ultimately selected as the preferred alternative, including through the additional public meetings scheduled for this month and the extended public comment period that closes October 30th.
We thank you for your continued support and partnership as we work to bring this transformative project to fruition for Allston, Boston, and the Commonwealth.