MFA engages residents in City Talks forum on climate change

Adi Nochur, a program manager at WalkBoston, said during the forum that climate change is an issue that is expansive and requires a lot of different people to confront and challenge it. “Addressing climate change is such a multifaceted struggle where we expend our energy,” Nochur said. “We need people who are going to be working on all of those different front lines and lending their skills and capacities in whatever unique way they can contribute.

Art Starts a Dialogue on Climate Change at the MFA

Adi Nochur, a panelist and project manager for WalkBoston, an organization dedicated to making walking in Boston more safe and sustainable, pointed to how the recent hurricanes that impacted Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Florida and Houston were related to climate change. He said art could help to open up a broader conversation about what to do next. “This isn’t just about flooding. This isn’t just about the environment,” Nochur said. “It’s about what are the impacts on our communities if we don’t actually address this issue?”

Melrose seeks Complete Streets via roadway improvements

Public outreach, including at last year’s Victorian Fair and Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market, helped the city focus on the most pressing projects, with further input from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, and advocacy groups like the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition and Walk Boston.

Implementing Pedestrian Wayfinding Systems in Massachusetts

Implementing Pedestrian Wayfinding Systems in Massachusetts  One potential strategy to increase everyday walking is the installation of wayfinding signs, which can give local residents clear information about walking routes and walking times to get to and from key destinations.

Wayfinding

Wayfinding

The myth of the beleaguered Boston driver

It’s easy to blame crazy cyclists or headphoned jaywalkers for getting hit by cars, but the victims are often children and elderly people. Calls for personal responsibility also mask the underlying issue: Many streets and intersections in Boston aren’t properly designed for the mix of people using them. On the radio show, Walsh took a call from a Jamaica Plain resident who bemoaned rampant jaywalking in the Longwood Medical Area, near South Station, and elsewhere. “It’s impossible to drive without everybody running out in front of you,” the caller said.

Opening of new park is new era for Emerald Necklace

“This series of changes along the Emerald Necklace is terrific,” said Wendy Landman, executive director of the group WalkBoston. “It’s creating all sorts of connections that have been missing, or fixing things in the system that haven’t been working.” There will always be disagreement and negotiation over the competing needs of drivers and pedestrians, but advocates for bicyclists and walkers say the recent changes represent a generational shift in how residents and leaders think about parks.

Residents Demand More Slow Streets for Boston Neighborhoods

“This really gets to the heart of a lot of people’s lives around the city,” said Wendy Landman, who is the executive director of WalkBoston. “If you’re scared to let your 10-year-old cross the street even if you live on a residential street it makes a difference.” Brendan Kearney, who is the communications director of WalkBoston, believes that the City isn’t doing enough to ensure that these Slow Streets get implemented. “The Neighborhood Slow Streets has definitely struck a cord with neighborhood groups across the city,” said Kearney.

Residents demand slower, safer streets

“This really gets to the heart of a lot of people’s lives around the city,” said Wendy Landman, who is the executive director of WalkBoston. “If you’re scared to let your 10-year-old cross the street even if you live on a residential street it makes a difference.” Brendan Kearney, who is the communications director of WalkBoston, believes that the City isn’t doing enough to ensure that these Slow Streets get implemented. “The Neighborhood Slow Streets has definitely struck a cord with neighborhood groups across the city,” said Kearney.

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