Issue #171 - October

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Save the Date: StreetTalk 10-in-1 In Person!

the streettalk 10-in-1 in december of 2019 at the old south meeting house; a speaker is standing in front of a projector screen holding a microphone, while the audience sits in the pews facing her (the picture is taken from the back left of the audience)

Date: Thursday, December 8th, 2022
Time: 6:00-8:30PM
Location: Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108

Returning in person after three years — stay tuned for more details!


Women in Design Walk the Charles River

the women in design walkshop: abby jamiel points to the right and a few of the participants look in that direction. abby is standing on something and raised a head and shoulders above the others; in the background is an urban landscape with trees.

On Wednesday, October 12th, the Emerald Network team led a Women in Design (WiD) walkshop through the Boston Society for Architecture. The event was a kick off to WiD’s 2022 symposium Intersections: Mobility, Equity, and the Built Environment, which will be hosted on October 28th-29th.

The walkshop outlined LivableStreets’ work of bringing together project managers, advocates, designers, government representatives, and institutions to best plan for a regional, interconnected, and sustainable future for the river. It also provided updates on projects touching the river and facilitated a discussion about the role of design professions in coalition building. Thank you to Fennick McCredie Architecture and Studio Luz Architects for sponsoring the event.

Election Day Approaching — Have You Made a Plan?

the back of someone's upper leg area; they have a bike helmet hanging from (presumably) their backpack, and on the bike helmet are two "i voted" stickers. another pair of legs is in the background on the right side of the photo.

Election day is coming up on November 8th, 2022 — have you made your voting plan and do you know about key ballot questions this year?

LivableStreets is supporting Yes on 1 and Yes on 4. The Question 1 Fair Share Amendment Campaign and the Yes on 4 for Safer Roads Campaign will improve transportation and create safer roads for all. Can we count on you to get out the vote on these ballot questions?

Here are the important voting deadlines to be aware of:

  • Voter Registration Deadline: October 29, 2022
  • Vote by Mail Application Deadline: November 1, 2022
  • Early Voting: October 22 - November 4
  • Election Day Polling Hours: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Find your polling location here, and find more election resources here.

Free Events at Olmsted NOW

two artists stand and add to a colorful wall mural. on the left is a Black person in a baseball cap painting the sentence \

There are awesome events happening as part of Olmsted NOW, an ongoing bicentennial celebration of Fredrick Law Olmsted's legacy and vision of parks and public green spaces. At 11am on Saturday, October 29th, you can write about your personal connections to Boston’s public parks with author Nakia Hill, or find healing through dance and movement at the home of Zipporah Potter Atkins, a 17th-century African-American woman. Learn about the design and history of Aspinwall Hill, Corey Hill, and Fisher Hill as you walk through the Brookline neighborhoods on the morning of Saturday, November 5th.

Additionally, through December you have the opportunity to see brand-new and centuries-old maps that explore environmental justice at the Boston Public Library. All of these events (and more!) are free — check out the calendar here!

Mayor Wu Focuses on Making Boston Greener — Literally!

a view of a dorchester road; there are townhouses and trees lining a streeth with many cars parked along its edges. the trees are of many colors, indicating that it is fall, and the light seems like late afternoon.

Earlier this month, Mayor Michelle Wu revealed her new Urban Forest Plan, outlining her long-term intention to create and preserve the trees of Boston. This plan employs strategies such as partnering with community leaders, prioritizing tree care in areas of highest need, and creating opportunities to plant new trees.

Just last week, Mayor Wu announced a new policy focusing on the creation of "green infrastructure" within certain types of City projects. Spaces created by new curb bumpouts will feature rain gardens, wildflowers, porous surfaces, and other strategies for reducing flooding, filtering runoff, and mitigating urban heat islands. When paired with the Urban Forest Plan, it is clear that the City of Boston is prioritizing climate resilience along with the health and quality-of-life benefits that result from increasing the amount of greenspace.

Check out the Urban Forest Plan here, or read more about the Green Infrastructure policy here!

Join the LivableStreets Beat the Bay State Team!

the walkboston beat the bay state event banner, showing an outline of the state of massachusetts & the dates november 1-november 30

Do you like to walk or go for runs around your neighborhood, or do you want an excuse to get outside more? WalkBoston's annual Beat the Bay State event launches on Tuesday, and we invite you to join the LivableStreets team as we virtually circumnavigate Massachusetts. Click here to sign up — we're excited to have you join us!



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.
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