The Emerald Necklace, a park system created by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted more than 100 years ago, winds through the city of Boston from the Back Bay through Jamaica Plain, but ends before getting to Roxbury or Dorchester. A new Columbia Road greenway would be a natural continuation of this system of linear parks, and fulfill the promise of Columbia Road. Adding this connection to the Emerald Necklace will connect residents of Roxbury and Dorchester to Franklin Park, the Boston Harbor, and beyond, and also offer opportunities to improve public health and create new placemaking moments.
The promise of Columbia Road is long in the making. Intentionally created as one of the widest streets in Boston, this critical connection links Boston’s residential center to one of its greatest assets: the Boston Harbor. After more than a century as a connection primarily for vehicles, serving to divide the residential neighborhoods on either side, it is time to re-think the promise of Columbia Road. How can this road become a focal point for the community and enhance the lives of those living and working alongside it?
Join the Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) and BSA Foundation to discuss the current state of the corridor, inspirational precedent projects from around the globe, and strategies for green space implementation along the corridor.
Fulfilling the Promise: Community Building and the Emerald Necklace is a four-part series sponsored by the Chleck Family Foundation. All events will take place in the Fort Point Room at BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston MA 02210). Each part in the series can stand alone, though each part of the series will build on the previous event.
Each event in this series is credited for 2 LUs, for those who qualify.
- Setting the Stage—Wednesday, March 29, 2017
- Examples from Elsewhere: NYC and Washington DC—Tuesday, April 25, 2017
- Examples from Elsewhere: Copenhagen and Indianapolis—Monday, May 1, 2017
- Implementation—Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Fulfilling the Promise: Community Building and the Emerald Necklace, a program of the BSA Foundation, is sponsored by the Chleck Family Foundation.
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On March 29, the community education series Fulfilling the Promise: Community Building and the Emerald Necklace kicked off with the first discussion focusing on community engagement strategies and urban revitalization opportunities surrounding the creation of greenways.