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Issue #57 / June 2011
In this issue
· TOMORROW with Fred Kent, Project for Public Spaces, Wed June 22, 4 PM
· Mark your calendar: StreetTalk with Kevin Odell, On The Move Coordinator, July 28
· That's why
· Welcome new board members and officers
· Say hi to new staff
· Become a Street Ambassador
· e-lert: Speak up about Rutherford Ave / Sullivan Square
· Better Bridges: Please attend Anderson Bridge public meeting
· Wish list, hard-drive
· The latest from Steve Miller's Blog
· Great Neighborhoods Summit, Thursday
· Thank you to our supporters
Calendar - Click here to view full listing of upcoming events and public meetings
with Project for Public Spaces Founder and President Fred Kent
TOMORROW, Wed, June 22, 4:00 - 7:00 pm (talk 4:30-5:30, followed by social hour)
@ LivableStreets office, 100 Sidney St, Cambridge [map...]
Open to the public. Suggested $10 donation.
Fred Kent, one of the leading thinkers on livability and smart growth,
is coming to Boston and is making a special visit to the LivableStreets office.
"If you plan for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places." -Fred Kent
Fred Kent and Project for Public Spaces have helped transform thousands of communities and worked with hundreds of organizations all over the world. This month, the National Center for Bicycling & Walking will become a program of PPS. Fred worked with William (Holly) Whyte, which resulted in the book The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, and has become an expert on human behavior in the urban environment.
Come and get inspired as you listen to Fred Kent talk about his revolutionary vision for public space and transportation.
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Mark your calendar: July StreetTalk
Thursday, July 28 with Kevin Odell, Coordinator, On The Move Greater Boston Transportation Justice Coalition
Part 2, on why LivableStreets is working to create safe streets for all, and a world-class transportation system for you.
"LivableStreets continually provides me with alternative ways to think and dream about transportation in our communities. Knowing about options and possibilities helps me believe we can make our cities places of connection and community instead of areas of stress and fear. - LivableStreets member
Donate to LivableStreets now to help us achieve our vision.
New board members and officers
Please join LivableStreets in welcoming our four new board members: Briana Malloy, Ellie Botshon, Sarah Appleby, and Julia Prange. All four have experience in the nonprofit field, and will provide new expertise in organizing, marketing, and organizational development to our Board of Directors.
LivableStreets Board of Directors also voted in three new officers this spring. We are excited to have Nina Garfinkle as President, Wenzday Jane as Secretary, and Megan Ramey as Treasurer.
For their bios and a full list of Board of Directors, visit www.LivableStreets.info/people.
Say hi to new staff member Kara Oberg
Kara joined LivableStreets in November 2010 as an intern, and was hired in May 2011 to coordinate LivableStreets StreetTalks series and Ambassadors program, and assist with our membership program. Kara is also pursuing a Master of City Planning at Boston University. Before moving to Boston, Kara lived in Madrid, Spain, where she marveled at Madrid's subway, and walked through countless plazas. In her time abroad, she saw the transportation possibilities for cities and is excited to be part of an organization working to create a world-class transportation system in the Boston region.
Become a Street Ambassador
Do you find yourself talking about walking, biking, and public transit? Do you like going to festivals, neighborhood events, and being outside? Want to be part of LivableStreets advocacy campaigns and our growing organization? Become a Street Ambassador!
Volunteer for a day, or two, or more, this summer. Tremendous growth opportunities. For more information and to sign up, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Street Ambassador' in the subject line.
June 26, 12:00-5:30pm, Green Roots Festival, Jamaica Plain
July 9, 9:30am-1:30pm, Roslindale's Farmers Market Bike Day, Roslindale
July 19, 1:30-3:30pm, Cambridge Place Transportation Fair, Cambridge
July 29, 7:00-9:00am, Bike Friday in Government Center, Boston
July 11 - 29, Campaign outreach days, Metro Boston
e-lert: Speak up about Rutherford Ave / Sullivan Sq
Call Congressman Capuano's office to express support for the surface option.
WHAT: LivableStreets urges folks who live, work, or travel through the Rutherford Ave/Sullivan Square area to call Congressman Capuano's office to express their support for the surface option. His office can be reached at 617-621-6208.
The surface option was the result of extensive community process, including eight community meetings and hundreds of attendees. The surface option includes a continuous park along the eastern edge of the project, creates more opportunities for new development in the area, and has a design that reduces speeding and increases safety for all roadway users.
WHY NOW: Congressman Capuano has recently expressed concern about the surface option, particularly regarding the effects of removing the underpasses on traffic flow, and held a meeting in Charlestown to gauge how the community felt about the project. This is your chance to speak up.
For more information, see our Rutherford Ave project page here >>>
> Questions / want more information? E-mail Charlie@livablestreets.info
Better Bridges: Please attend Anderson Bridge meeting
Mass Department of Transportation is hosting a meeting about the Anderson Bridge. We encourage people to attend and speak up for bicycle lanes and pedestrian improvements, including, wider and more direct path crossings, narrowing of Soldier Fields Road ramps, and improved signals.
For more information, see our Better Bridges Campaign page here >>>
> Questions / want more information? E-mail Charlie@livablestreets.info
Excerpts from Steve Miller's Blog
'The public way: Transportation, health, and livable communities'
Massachusetts has the worst-in-the-nation status in percent of potential-to-actual money spent on Transportation Enhancements projects, the major source of federal funding for pedestrian/bicycle facilities and rail-trail conversations. A previous post applauded proposed reforms. But I may have spoken too soon... For more, click here >>>
It's hard to know if you are heading in the right direction if you don't know where you
How can we deal with some of the new motorized vehicles appearing on our streets - and sidewalks? Are the sidewalks on the Charles River bridges part of the street or part of the riverside path network - and why does it matter? How do we get more bicyclists to follow basic safety practices such as turning on a light at night?... For more, click here >>>
Great Neighborhoods Summit
Thursday, June 23, 8:00 am- 12:00 pm
@ UMass-Boston campus center, 3rd floor, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston
Hosted by Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance
Join LivableStreets and hundreds of others at the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance's second gathering of leaders who are building vibrant, welcoming, healthy, and affordable neighborhoods.
The Honorable Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston
For a full schedule and to register, click here >>>