Issue #179 - June


Help us get to 20K by midnight on June 30th!

a graphic that shows 27% of $60,000 raised

WOW! In just one day, we exceeded our June fundraising goal. We are so grateful and excited about this progress, we’re challenging ourselves even more, and hope to raise 20k by midnight on Friday, June 30th! We need to raise about $3,500 in one day — can we count on your support to help us cross this mark?

You can support in three ways:

  1. Donate to our annual fundraising event Tour de Streets 2023
  2. Register for Tour de Streets 2023 on September 9th at the Charles River Speedway
  3. Sign up to become a monthly or annual LivableStreets member for as little as $5/month

This year, our total event fundraising goal is $60,000. If 36 people donate $100/each, we will make it to $20,000! Donate by midnight on Friday and help us achieve our new goal!

Thank you to everyone’s generous support today and everyday!

Ditch the Drive: Sumner Tunnel Closed July + August

a photograph of an MBTA ferry on the water, partially backlit by bright sunlight
Photo: The Patriot Ledger

With the Sumner tunnel closure just around the corner we wanted to highlight a few great options for getting around Boston and the North Shore beginning July 5:

  • Free trips on the MBTA Blue Line
  • Free East Boston MBTA Ferry service
  • Additional ferry service from Lynn, Winthrop, Salem and the Boston Seaport
  • Reduced fares along the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail
  • Free buses in Chelsea including the 111,112, 114, 116 and 117 
  • Discounted Logan express service and additional MBTA Silver line SL1 service for people traveling to the airport.

Whether you are heading to the airport, hitting the beach or traveling into Boston for work a few days a week — July + August will be great months to try out new ways of getting around (we’re especially excited to hop on the ferry).

To learn more visit: https://www.mass.gov/sumner-tunnel

Speak up to support Statewide transit funding!

a photo of people standing in line to board a holyoke bus. photo courtesy the massachusetts public health association (mpha)
Photo: MPHA

A committee of Massachusetts legislators are working on finalizing the FY24 state budget. Both the House and Senate included a significant increase in funding for Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) in their budgets — however, the Senate budget includes additional funds for RTA operating costs, as well as funding for fare-free service pilots on the systems.

Call or email your House Representative AND State Senator and ask them to encourage members of the conference committee to adopt the Senate version of the FY24 RTA budget. Find your legislators here.

Taking action is easy, and your state legislators want to know what you think!

Jamaica Plain Open Streets was a Blast!

about half a dozen people stand under an orange canopy tent, looking at clipboards, posters, and chatting

That’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone who stopped by our tent during the Centre St Open Streets event in JP last Sunday. We had a great time being in community and chatting with folks about the Southwest Corridor Park.

The next Open Streets event will be along Blue Hill Ave from West Cottage St to Warren St on July 15. We hope to see you there!

Fun at Sidney Street Storytime!

Ammi, Maha, and Amrita smile at the camera as they sit in homemade cardboard train cars in front of the LivableStreets office on a sunny day.

We had so much fun at our first ever National Children’s Day celebration! Thank you to everyone who brought their kids to our office. We had a great time painting boxes to build our own bus and talking with younger residents about their wishes for the city. We enjoyed a beautiful day outside with a reading of “If You Were A City” by Kyo Maclear, snacks, conversation and of course, ice cream is always around at LivableStreets!

We hope you enjoyed our first Sidney Street Storytime and hope to make this happen again! Please feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions with us at [email protected].

Getting Out on Greenways

This month members of regional Boston greenway teams met on the Neponset River Greenway to explore the Neponset River Watershed Association’s greenway projects. The group checked out the Edgewater Drive project site, Mattapan Square, Tenean Beach, and the Neponset River Watershed Association’s new path extension between Freeport St and I-93 in Dorchester.

The hangout ended as the best hang outs do — with a stop to a local ice cream shop (Thanks Chill on Park! We can’t recommend the peach ice cream enough!). Thanks to representatives from the Neponset River Watershed Association, Mary Ellen Welch Greenway, Northern Strand, and Mystic River Watershed Association for making the trip.


Welcome Melissa!

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Our team is excited to welcome a new team member, Melissa White. Melissa is a current MIT student interning through MIT’s Social Impact Internship Program. Melissa is our Community Engagement Intern and will be with us until early August working on community engagement for several projects throughout Boston. Please join us in welcoming Melissa to the team!

Help us Complete our Office Space!

an exterior shot of the livablestreets office in cambridge, showing a glass window with trees reflected; on the window is a decal with the livablestreets logo on it in white

Look at this awesome picture of our awesome team! We’re a small group but settling back into the office with ten people is something we actually have never done before. We have put together a list of office needs to help complete our office. LivableStreets is growing every year, advancing our work, and meeting wonderful new people along the way. We hope you will consider helping us out by making a donation and thank you in advance!



LivableStreets is looking for volunteers! If you are interested in taking pictures around the Boston area or helping keep our office organized, email Ammi, our Program Assistant, at [email protected].

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


Thank you!

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