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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.

Series Events

Fulfilling the Promise: Community Building and the Emerald Necklace, a program of the BSA Foundation, is sponsored by the Chleck Family Foundation.

In partnership with:

BSLA Livable Streets Franklin Park Coalition

Event recaps

Setting the Stage: A recap

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 strategies and urban revitalization opportunities surrounding the creation of greenways.

Examples from NYC and DC: A recap

On Tuesday, April 25, the second event in the series explored lessons learned from similar greenway and placemaking projects elsewhere on the East Coast. In particular, the conversation took a deep dive into community engagement and storytelling.

Examples from Copenhagen and Indianapolis: A recap

On Monday, May 1, the BSA Foundation hosted its third of four community conversations focused on shared insights from other urban park and trail planning projects with the hope of positively influencing the development improvements along the Columbia Road corridor in Boston.

Implementation: A recap

On Wednesday, May 10, Implementation, the fourth and final event in the Fulfilling the Promise series, shared the knowledge and know-how needed to successfully complete Boston’s Emerald Necklace along Columbia Road. The panelists brought both local and global perspectives to this invigorating and ongoing conversation.


Past Events

May 10, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
April 25, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
March 29, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM