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A vibrant public space and economic driver, the Rose Kennedy Greenway is a key asset to Boston residents, businesses, tourists, and the public sector. The Greenway is made up of 17 acres of public space in downtown Boston created when the elevated central highway artery was relocated underground. It is a linear series of parks and gardens that reconnected Boston’s neighborhoods and has become one of America’s foremost urban parks. A sustainable, fair, and long-term solution was made possible through a collaboration with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, City of Boston, Greenway Conservancy, and abutter properties to fund the costs of the Greenway. The foundation of this arrangement came together through a memorandum of understand facilitated by public sector leaders in June 2017. After nearly a yearlong effort by the Greenway property owners coordinated by A Better City, Boston City Council approved the Greenway Business Improvement District (BID) in April 2018.
At its Annual Meeting on November 16, 2022, BID members voted to extend the Business Improvement District another five years. A new Memorandum of Understanding, increasing funding levels and continuing the State/City/Conservancy/BID partnership, was signed on December 15, 2022. Together, we'll continue to work in partnership to ensure The Greenway remains a vibrant public space and economic driver that fosters the ability of Boston residents, businesses, tourists, and the public sector to come together with nature and one another.
Despite efforts over the years, the Greenway had previously never supported by a long-term funding plan. Since its inception, the Greenway had been financed by a series of leases with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and supplemented by the Conservancy’s own fundraising and revenue as well as unstructured contributions from abutters. The Greenway Business Improvement District (BID) allows abutters to contribute directly towards Greenway costs – helping protect and support the arts, programming, and greenery that make up this gem of downtown.
A Better City led a robust process to develop a detailed plan for the Greenway BID, including boundary lines, a management plan, and a formula for individual contributions. Following the establishment of the Greenway BID, A Better City continues to play a central role in BID operations and acts as a point of contact for abutters, the Greenway Conservancy, and other public and private partners.
September 27, 2018, Member Meeting
September 19, 2019, Member Meeting
September 16, 2020, Member Meeting
September 15, 2021, Member Meeting
November, 16, 2022 Member Meeting