Boston has a lot going for it. But even one of the best cities in the world can be improved. Enter Imagine Boston 2030, Boston’s first citywide plan in 50 years.
After a series of visioning sessions, residents put forth affordable housing, better transportation and quality education at the top of their wish list. Subsequently, Imagine Boston 2030 established a list of goals including better neighborhood quality of life, inclusive economic growth, climate change adaptation and investing in infrastructure, open space and culture.
New to the planning effort this week, Imagine Boston 2030 has created an interactive map in which residents throughout Boston can drop a pin in the location they wish and share their idea on how the city can be improved.
The City is asking residents of all communities throughout Boston to log on to imagine.boston.gov and share their vision and opinion on how to make Boston not only better for every individual, but also better for the community and environment.
The goal is to set the course for the following generations so that Boston can grow even further into a cleaner, safer, integrated, and opportunity filled metropolis.
Here are some of the early pin drops in the North End area:
Anthony Schweizer entered the following, “We need to continue to develop downtown to have better access to the harbor.” In a similar vein, Jules Pieri added, “Expand the harbor ferries to make them a true work and entertainment option.”
Tommye-Karen Mayer asked to make use of the Big Dig laid fiber optic cables. “The city should seize this abandoned property for use in our new Internet Service public utility,” she wrote.
Rashmi Sharma dropped the suggestion, “An affordable grocery store in the North End area would be great. There is Boston Public Market, which is on the pricier side, and the weekend market is only on weekends. The only other grocery store nearby is Whole Foods all the way at MGH,” using a green pin categorizing suggestions surrounding places to live.
Another resident, Dave Stricker suggested, “While Boston’s summers are short, they are glorious! Relax the permitting process for outdoor dining. It draws people out to spend money locally with a halo effect on other local businesses,” while using a ‘places to play’ purple pin.
Once more suggestions are made and ideas are proposed, the Imagine Boston 2030 team will organize the comments and strategically draft a plan for the future.
The city of Boston has gained nearly 40,000 new residents from 2010 to 2014. This equals out to a 6% growth in population, which is two times the national population growth of 3%. While Boston continues to grow and flourish, it faces challenges with its fast forward evolution.
All residents, especially those of the major Bostonian communities, from the North End to Downtown to Back Bay and beyond, are encouraged to participate. By logging on to the interactive map, residents can share their ideas on education quality, transportation, infrastructure, safety, housing, and opportunities to benefit the city of Boston and the people who make it so remarkable.
“Today, Boston is a thriving, healthy, and innovative city,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Imagine Boston 2030’s interactive site, “Now it is our chance to set the course for the next generation – to grow inclusively and ensure that all Bostonians have access to opportunity.”
To participate, visit imagine.boston.gov and add your idea.