Maria De La Luz Lobos Martinez, MLA I, 2019

Summer 2018

Organization: LivableStreets Alliance, Boston, MA

Sponsor: Joint Center for Housing Studies Community Service Fellowship


“Over the course of my internship this summer, I’ve come to better understand the relationship between design and political will. After making my first proposal for possible locations of the greenway in Hyde Park, I had to study other institutional visions to form a common vision to push this project forward. This is necessary because greenways in Boston are approached in three scales by three different organizations that share some goals. Hence, in order to achieve those objectives, communication and coherence between the organizations is essential.

In the narrow scale, the City of Boston has the Boston Green Links initiative, which aims to connect every neighborhood of Boston by completing the gaps in the current greenway network. Its interactive map can be visited here.

Then, on an intermediate scale, is the Emerald Network initiative, which I’m part of. This enterprise aims to consolidate a network of greenways all across metro Boston.

Finally, on the macro scale, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) has the Landline Initiative, a network of 1,400 miles of projected trails and greenways within the region. Its interactive map can be visited here.”




Boston Greenlinks — Source: City of Boston (2018). Draft Green Links Plan. Retrieved at

LandLine Network Plan — Source: MAPC (2018). Vision. Reviewed at