Issue #159 - August

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Issue #159 - August 2021

StreetLife

 
 

Tour de Streets - Postponed until Winter

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We have disappointing news - we have made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person Tour de Streets event in September. As much as we would love to gather and celebrate in person (we’ve missed you!), we must be mindful of the impact the COVID-19 Delta variant is having on our community and we simply don’t want to put anyone at risk.

We’ll be shifting gears in December to offer Tour de Streets: Winter Edition. While we won’t have an in-person celebration as we planned, we’re excited to share an opportunity to explore and celebrate everything our streets have to offer in the winter months. We’ll fill the month with virtual and outdoor experiences and activities that will help remind us all how much winter in Boston has to offer. Look out for more details soon!


Get Ready to Vote -- Election Days are Upcoming!

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As September approaches, so do preliminary elections! Do you know who you're voting for?

Be sure to read candidate responses to the People Centered Cities questionnaire that we put together with the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition and Great Neighborhoods Network in order to help voters make informed choices in upcoming elections.

If you're able to vote, please review your municipality’s election calendar and make note of the important dates:

  1. Boston
  2. Cambridge (note: no preliminary election)
  3. Somerville

Click here to find your polling place and view your ballot.


Volunteer to Support Outreach along Highland Ave in Somerville!

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The City of Somerville is redesigning Highland Ave as part of the Spring Hill Sewer Separation Project. We have been doing outreach to business owners on Highland Ave to talk with them about their curbside needs and how their customers travel to/from their business. Now we need your help for the next phase of this work!

We're seeking volunteer Street Ambassadors throughout September to support us in sharing the results from our initial conversations and surveys with business owners. Please email Kristiana ([email protected]) to volunteer.


 
 

Summer Intern Updates

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Madison Anthony

Archana Apte

As August comes to a close, we say thank you and farewell to our Community Engagement Intern, Madison Anthony. Madison has been doing amazing outreach work on Highland Ave in Somerville. She has spoken with residents and local business owners about how to improve everyone's experience traveling along Highland Ave. We will miss her and wish Madison the best of luck in her next adventure!

Our Online Communications Intern, Archana Apte, is also finishing up her internship today, but she'll be rejoining us after Labor Day! When you enjoy our social media posts, you are appreciating the great work that Archana has been and will continue doing. She has also been instrumental in changes that are coming up for our website - stay tuned!

 
 

Opportunities

  • Community Organizer - Boston Cyclists Union: The Community Organizer will focus on engaging residents in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan through programming, outreach, and organizing. They will lead the work with Roxbury residents around the planning for Malcolm X Blvd, Warren St, and Columbus Ave. Learn more and apply here.
  • Street Ambassadors - City of Boston: The City of Boston Department of Transportation is looking for street ambassadors to be the City's outreach team on pedestrian-only days on Newbury Street (the last one is Sunday, August 29th). Learn more and apply here.
  • Deputy Director for Public Policy & Campaign Strategy - MPHA: This position has strategic and operational responsibilities and will play a key leadership role in advancing MPHA’s mission through development and implementation of their policy and campaign agenda. Learn more and apply here.
  • Senior Transportation Planner - MAPC: The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks a Senior Transportation Planner who will work on projects and policies to encourage more of the region’s trips to be made by public transit, bicycling, walking, and electric vehicles. Learn more and apply here.
  • Chief Fare Transformation Officer - MBTA: The Fare Transformation Officer’s key area of focus will include all aspects of fully and successfully implementing the Automated Fare Collection Transformation. This includes strategy analysis and planning, change management, performance improvement, project management, communication with stakeholders and community engagement. Learn more and apply here.

As a policy, LivableStreets will only advertise opportunities that include salary or compensation information.

 
 

Thank you!

Check out the following resources to learn more about what we've been up to lately!

  • Press: Read local and national press featuring LivableStreets and our work.
  • StreetFilms: Watch videos highlighting our advocacy and events.
  • Greenway Stories: Join us as we explore greenway successes and challenges around the Boston area.

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