IMG_4422IMG_4419Sarah Bolivar, MLA I 2016
Summer 2015

Organization: LiveableStreets Alliance, Cambridge, MA, USA
Sponsor:
Doebele Community Service Fellowship

“For the past few weeks, as Doebele Community Service Fellow, I have been supporting the LivableStreets Alliance with their exciting Greenway Links Initiative. Building on Olmsted’s foresight for a connected park system, the Emerald Necklace, and Charles Eliot’s vision of a metropolitan park system in conservation for public use, the Greenway Links Initiative promotes the connection of a 200-mile multi-use and multimodal path system – anchored by the Mystic River, Charles River, and Neponset River – for the Metro Boston area. This exciting project took roots in 2013, when Alice Brown, MUP ‘13, completed a comprehensive field-inventory and mapping of routes, as well as was made accessible to the larger public through a 2014 design charrette at the Boston Society of Architects. The Greenway Links Team is now at a critical juncture as it works with stakeholders to identify priority projects for the coming year. I have been supporting Amber Christoffersen, Greenway Links Project Manager, in compiling and synthesizing research for a toolkit, website, and literature that the team will produce for public use. And in the next few weeks, I will be developing renderings of different site-specific greenways to help stakeholders understand how they can use the greenway network both for day-to-day commuting and recreation. It has been exciting to learn more about the geographic and open space bounty of the Metro Boston area, such as the Mystic River, which I could hardly locate a few months ago. Every day, I learn something from the LivableStreets Team about leadership, engaging different stakeholders, and bringing projects to fruition through collaboration and that keyword, “alliance.” Given that studio culture emphasizes conceptual frameworks and designs, getting a glimpse of how our concepts are implemented on the ground – from a community advocacy point of view – has greatly supplemented my understanding of the many factors that shape a project.”

LivableStreets Alliance Internal Meeting 2015

LivableStreets Alliance Internal Meeting 2015