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WiD Wednesday: Jackson Square—Mending the Community Fabric in Jamaica Plain

Jackson Aerial ICON
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    Free for BSA and BosNOMA members, $20 nonmembers

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    1.5 LU/HSW AIA credits available.

This event was originally part of Intersections: Equity, Environment + the City, a multi-day symposium November 6–13, 2021 brought to you by BosNOMA and Women in Design on intersectional and participatory design processes in Boston. This re-scheduled session is hosted by WiD as part of the WiD Wednesday series.


Join the Jackson Square Partners for an in-person tour of a community-driven comprehensive master plan decades in the making: Jackson Square. This 11-acre site in Jamaica Plain aims to restore the neighborhood fabric in an area scarred by demolition for a highway project never implemented. Redevelopment has been planned through partnerships between nonprofit developers The Community Builders, Urban Edge, and Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), making Jackson Square one of the largest community-driven redevelopment projects in the country. The team will discuss how they surmounted the complex social, financial, regulatory, and policy hurdles that often impede affordable housing design through a creative and collaborative approach. The tour will highlight how community engagement was central to the transformation of the Jackson Square area, and how collaboration between non-profit developers made it possible to work towards the community’s mission.

The walking tour will last 1 hour and we will continue the conversation over refreshments afterwards! Tour leadership includes representatives from the development teams, ICON Architecture, and PCA.