The Greenway Business Improvement District (BID)

A vibrant public space and economic driver, the Rose Kennedy Greenway is a key asset to Boston residents, businesses, tourists, and the public sector. The Greenway is made up of 17 acres of public space in downtown Boston created when the elevated central highway artery was relocated underground. It is a linear series of parks and gardens that reconnected Boston’s neighborhoods and has become one of America’s foremost urban parks.

The Greenway welcomes more than a million visitors annually – from neighborhoods throughout Boston and beyond – who attend events, ride the carousel, patronize food vendors, or just come to take a break during their workday.

 

THE HISTORY OF GREENWAY FINANCING

Despite efforts over the years, the Greenway has never been supported by a long-term funding plan. Since its inception, the Greenway has been financed by a series of leases with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and supplemented by the Conservancy’s own fundraising and revenue as well as unstructured contributions from abutters.

A sustainable, fair, and long-term solution was made possible through a collaboration with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, City of Boston, Greenway Conservancy, and abutter properties to fund the costs of the Greenway. The foundation of this arrangement came together thorugh a memorandum of understand faciliated by public sector leaders in June 2017. After nearly a yearlong effort by the Greenway property owners coordinated by A Better City, Boston City Council approved the Greenway Business Improvement District (BID) in April 2018.

The Greenway BID  will allow abutters to contribute directly towards Greenway costs – helping protect and support the arts, programming, and greenery that make up this gem of downtown.

 

A BETTER CITY & THE GREENWAY EFFORT 

A Better City is a nonprofit organization made up of a diverse group of business leaders united around a common goal — to enhance Boston and the region’s economic health, competitiveness, vibrancy, sustainability and quality of life. A Better City has a long history of influence on shaping the Greenway, helping to craft its master plan and design. The very founding of A Better City was rooted in the need to preserve, protect, and enhance this important asset. A Better City led a robust process to develop a detailed plan for the potential BID, including boundary lines, a management plan, and a formula for individual contributions. We have been heartened by the enthusiastic support this effort has received from business and community stakeholders.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE GREENWAY BID

-        Greenway BID Approval Press Release

-        BID Highlights

-        Greenway BID Improvement Plan

-        Greenway BID map

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Mission

A Better City advances Boston’s and the region’s economic health, access, sustainability, and quality of life through applied research, planning, targeted services, and advocacy.

In pursuit of its mission, A Better City brings together work in the three core program areas of Transportation and Infrastructure, Land Use and Development, and Energy and the Environment.

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Transportation Dividend: Transit Investments and the Massachusetts Economy

In this new report, we show the economic benefits of the MBTA far outweigh near-term capital needs and that our region’s levels of expected growth over the next quarter century cannot be accommodated without investing strategically and deliberately in transit. 

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Future of Parking in Boston

Parking policy affects the livelihood of Bostonians, the success of businesses, and the health of our environment. Today, Boston’s parking policies are not aligning well with the needs that parking is intended to serve. This report is intended to be a guide for the city’s neighborhoods and policymakers. 

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A Guide to Placemaking for Mobility

A framework for analysis to understand the relationship between mobility and the public realm. It overviews the history of the Greater Boston region's public realm, then describes emerging design and planning strategies to improve the places and corridors that comprise the area's mobility system. 

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Sustainable Tenant Fit-Out and Improvement Guide

Tenant fit-outs and retrofits of tenant spaces can be key opportunities to incorporate sustainability principles.This guide provides resources for Boston tenants when moving to a new space, retrofitting an existing space or maintaining the efficiency of existing spaces. 

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Innovation Through Aggregation

Provides lessons learned for organizations interested in aggregating the purchase of renewable energy including: the benefits of renewable energy beyond environmental impact; the value of partnerships and collaboration to yield results; the organizational flexibility gained through renewable energy purchasing; and the necessity for ongoing recruitment and anchor partners.

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