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IB2030 Recap: Forums on the Future discussion series

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As part of our ongoing engagement efforts, Mayor Walsh presented “Forums on the Future,” a series of panel discussions designed to engage experts on the future of the City of Boston. More than 250 residents from all over the metro Boston area gathered to listen to the panels and respond with questions.

The moderators included Renee Loth from ArchitectureBoston Magazine, Sacha Pfeiffer from the Boston Globe, and Alex Krieger from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Expert panelists (see below for a full list) showed how their sector can influence, impact, and help to implement Imagine Boston 2030.

Each of the events captivated a diverse audience and questions linked directly to how the sectors and the City could have long-term impact.


The History & Future of Planning in Boston

The History & Future of Planning in Boston was hosted by the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Columbia Point (Dorchester) on April 27. With an all-star panel, residents filled the Senate Chamber, with more residents watching from above. The panelists included:

  • Reneé Loth, Moderator, Editor, Architecture Boston Magazine
  • Dr. Madhu Dutta-Koehler, Director, City Planning Program and Urban Affairs, Boston University
  • Chris Grimley, Author, Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston; Principle, over, under
  • Mel King, Author, Chain of Change; Founder, Mel King Institute
  • Ted Landsmark, Director, Dukakis Center, Northeastern University, Board member, BPDA
  • Tunney Lee, Professor at MIT, Department of Urban Studies, Former Board member of the BRA (now BPDA)
  • Fred Salvucci, Senior Lecturer, MIT, Former Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1983-1990)

The conversation flowed from the Big Dig to community organizing to creativity and design. Life-long activists Tunney Lee, Ted Landsmark, and Mel King noted the value identifying how Imagine Boston 2030 will impact different neighborhoods and communities. Dr. Madhu Dutta-Koehler mentioned the importance of sustainable and consistent community engagement.

Did you miss this event? You can watch the full event here.


The Role of Philanthropy in the Future of Our City

On May 3, Faneuil Hall opened it’s Great Hall for The Role of Philanthropy in the Future of Our City. Sacha Pfeiffer led a robust dialogue about how philanthropy can impact the future of the City. Some of the City’s top philanthropy leaders discussed the role that philanthropy currently plays in the political and social realm and how it will change in the future.

  • Sacha Pfeiffer, Moderator, Boston Globe reporter, former WBUR/NPR host
  • Jim Canales, Barr Foundation
  • Paul Grogan, The Boston Foundation
  • Jocelyn Sargent, Hyams Foundation

Did you miss this event? You can watch the full event here.


How Academic Institutions Play a Role in Boston’s Future

On Tuesday, May 9, some of Boston’s top University leaders gathered at the Boston Public Library to discuss How Academic Institutions Play a Role in Boston’s Future. The panel was moderated by Alex Krieger, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Principal at NBBJ. Panelists included:

  • Dr. Robert A. Brown, Boston University
  • Dr. Pam Y. Eddinger, Bunker Hill Community College
  • Dr. Zorica Pantić, Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Lee Pelton, Emerson College
  • Dr. Valerie Roberson, Roxbury Community College

Did you miss this event? You can watch the full event here.


We would like to thank our friends at the Boston Public Library, Edward M. Kennedy Institute, and Faneuil Hall for hosting these important conversations.

We are also thrilled to announce that Mayor Walsh released the last draft of Imagine Boston 2030! Please take a moment to look at the Imagine Boston Plan.

To skim the document, click here to check out our storymaps!

As always, we ask you to share your ideas and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #ImagineBoston.



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