Rose Kennedy Greenway

The Rose Kennedy Greenway is 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.

Why it’s important

The Greenway provides a green connection to the Harbor, welcoming more than a million visitors annually who attend events, ride the carousel, patronize food vendors, or just come to take a break during their workday. As a vibrant public space and economic driver, the Greenway is a key asset to Boston residents, businesses, tourists, and the public sector.

A Better City’s role

A Better City has a long history of active, constructive influence on shaping the Greenway, helping to craft its master plan and design.  The very founding of A Better City is rooted in the need to preserve, protect, and enhance this important asset.

In the spirit of civic leadership and commitment to the future of downtown Boston and the waterfront, A Better City’s members are working to develop a sustainable and long-term funding plan for the Greenway with shared responsibility among the State, the City of Boston, and the business community.  

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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.

Publications

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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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