StreetTalks are LivableStreets’ discussion series. They are forums for learning, a time to discuss important issues and a way for us to gain feedback from our constituents.
Featured 2015 StreetTalk events:
In December 2015, over 200 advocates, city officials, policy makers and constituents packed Old South Meeting House for our annual 10-in-1 StreetTalk event.
Building on the Meeting House’s long tradition of hosting spirited, thought-provoking discussions, the event featured 10 short form presentations all designed to highlight innovative ideas to transform our streets. From making buses sexy to treating streets like coloring books to make them safer, each speaker shared examples of how they are actively working to transform the streets of Metro Boston, making our city a better place to live, work and play.
A special highlight from the evening was the release of the City of Boston's Vision Zero Action Plan, announced by Mayor Walsh via video message. Members of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, including LivableStreets, provided feedback and recommendations to the city's task force during the planning process.
Featured 10-in-1 Speakers (click title to view presentation):
Alice Brown, Project Manager, GoBoston 2030:
Kris Carter, Co-Chair, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics:
Mark Chase, Urban Transportation Consultant, Tufts University:
Jackie Douglas, Executive Director, LivableStreets Alliance:
Scott Hamwey, Manager of Long-range Planning, MassDOT:
Tommy Hayes, Transportation Policy Manager, Lyft:
Matt Lawlor, Partner, Robinson + Cole:
Russ Lopez, Senior Research Associate, Dukakis Center for Urban and Metropolitan Policy @Northeastern University:
Connor McKay, Data Scientist, City of Boston, Citywide Analytics Team:
Ari Ofsevit, Lead Advocate, I-90:
Vivian Ortiz, Project Coordinator for Mattapan, Let's Get Healthy, Boston! Initiative:
StreetTalk: Connecting Our Urban Greenways
In November 2015, we invited a panel of experts to grapple with some big questions while engaging audience members in discussion around the Emerald Network—a vision for 200 miles of seamless shared-use paths across the Metro Boston area. With more than 100 miles of the network already built, and 30 miles in design or construction—the remaining 70 miles is a significant, but not impossible gap to fill. What role could the Emerald Network play in not only increasing mobility options for people in the Metro area, but also tackling challenges like economic development, equity, climate change and public health in urban Boston? How do we build it? What are the challenges? How do we get there? By proactively gathering people at all levels of advocacy and expertise, our StreetTalks created an important forum for learning, sharing and discussion.
Julia Africa MdesS, MAOM, Program Leader: Nature, Health, & the Built Environment, Harvard School of Public Health
Cheri Ruane RLA, Vice President, Spurr Design Studio, President, BSLA
Matt Kiefer Co-Founder of Emerald Network Initiative, Land Use Attorney, Goulston and Storrs
For information on how to support and sponsor one of these StreetTalks go to our Sponsors Page!