Issue #97 - October 2015

In this issue:

Join us for a StreetTalk next week

We’re hiring!


10-in-1: Save the date for Dec 9 and share your ideas

Rethinking Columbia Road

Celebrating the new and improved Western Ave

A toast to the Greenough Greenway and Watertown Riverfront Park

I would take the bus more often if...

Somerville is hiring a Transportation Analyst


What's happening

Join us for a StreetTalk next week


Our fall StreetTalk is less than a week away! Join us on November 3 to explore what role the Emerald Network can 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. To learn more about our speakers and the program click here.

Event Details
StreetTalk: Connecting our Urban Greenways - Building the Emerald Network 
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
5:30 - 6:30 pm Emerald Networking Reception (cash bar)
6:30 - 8:00 pm StreetTalk: Connecting our Urban Greenways
@ Boston Society of Architects
290 Congress St #200, Boston, MA 02210

Cost: $10 general admission; LivableStreets members and BSA members get in for FREE
StreetTalks sell out quickly. What are you waiting for, register today!


We're hiring


We are hiring for an Executive Assistant position to support our growing staff and programs and ensure LivableStreets' day-to-day operations run efficiently. 

This is an exciting time for LivableStreets and we are looking for a candidate who can help us maintain and improve our internal systems and be responsive to an ever-increasing demand for our work! 

Do you know someone who might be right for the job? Click here to learn more and spread the word!


Vision-Zero-logo-transparent-2.pngBeginning on November 1st we’ll be joining several other groups around the state, country and world to raise awareness about traffic fatalities through a social media campaign. 

We'll be highlighting Vision Zero and providing a platform for people to tell their crash stories. The campaign will conclude on World Day of Remembrance (Nov 15), a day to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected.

To take part follow us on Twitter and Facebook. You can also sign up to get special updates on our Vision Zero work here.

10-in-1: Save the date for Dec 9 and share your ideas

Old-South-Meeting-House.jpgWe are excited to announce that we’ll be hosting our annual 10-in-1 StreetTalk at the Old South Meeting House on December 9!

Building on the Meeting House’s long tradition of hosting spirited, thought-provoking discussions, this annual event will feature 10 short-form presentations all designed to highlight innovative ideas to transform our streets.

Registration will open in November. In the meantime, we want you to share your ideas. Is there a topic you’d like to hear about? Are you interested in potentially presenting your ideas?

Click here to help us build our best 10-in-1 yet!

**Please note this is a change of date from our previous save the date emails**

Rethinking Columbia Road

columbia_road_workshop.jpgOn Sunday, The Emerald Network hosted a community workshop at the Fairmount Innovation Lab in Dorchester to explore possibilities for Columbia Road as a greenway that could support better biking, walking, and transit-use. We partnered with the Loeb Fellowship and Emerald Necklace Conservancy to bring together 30 community members and leading architects and planners from Boston and New York City. 

The many ideas and suggestions generated will inform our advocacy efforts to reconnect greenways from Franklin Park to the Harbor and to downtown Boston.

To check out pictures from the inspiring day click here.


Celebrating the new and improved Western Ave

western_ave-use.jpgThe Western Ave Reconstruction Project is officially complete! Thanks to you, the new and improved Western Ave includes safer intersections, wider sidewalks and separated bike lanes. To see photos from the opening ceremony, where LivableStreets board member Megan Ramey and her daughter Annika spoke, check out our Facebook page.

A toast to the Greenough Greenway and Watertown Riverfront Park 


Photo courtesy: Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation

Join us in celebrating the new Watertown Riverfront Park and Greenough Greenway, two important pieces of the Emerald Network that are on their way to being complete. Each is a model for the safe, beautiful and accessible paths and parks that we want to see more of! The Solomon Foundation will host a cocktail party on November 5 with DCR Commissioner Carol Sanchez as well as civic leaders from Cambridge and Watertown to celebrate the progress made on this important project.

Event Details
A Toast to the Greenough Greenway
Thursday, Nov 5, 5-8pm
@ Mount Auburn Club, 57 Coolidge Ave, Watertown
RSVP to [email protected]


I would take the bus more often if... 

39_bus_at_Northeastern.jpgLivableStreets wants to understand your transportation vision and challenges in order to better advocate for next generation transportation ideas, including better bus service. Take 30 seconds to finish this sentence:

"I would take the bus more often if ________________" (click here to fill in the blank)

Your responses (not contact info) will be shared with government, community, business, and elected leaders to inform how best to improve our transit options.

We’ve already collected more than 250 responses and are trying to collect 100 more by November 1st. Share your thoughts today and then invite your friends to do the same!

Somerville is hiring a Transportation Analyst

Somerville_seal.jpgThe City of Somerville is hiring a transportation analyst to perform technical analysis and advise senior staff on transportation planning; traffic engineering and urban design issues to ensure that public and private investment advance the City’s goal to become the most walkable, bikeable, transit accessible city in the nation. To learn more and apply click here.

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