Towards an Inclusive City

The City of Boston is experiencing phenomenal growth.

Between 2010 and 2014, our population grew by six percent, adding nearly 40,000 new residents and growing twice as quickly as the nation. Fueled by strong knowledge economy, we gained nearly 45,000 new jobs at the same time. Read more about Boston’s growth.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Decennial Census, 2014 1-Year American Community Survey, Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc

Growth is essential to becoming more inclusive.

While Boston is evolving rapidly with diverse residents, new jobs, and more housing, many Bostonians are struggling. Housing prices are increasing, transit networks are strained, and systemic poverty persists. Racial divisions endure and Boston’s children grow up with uneven access to opportunities. Growth provides us with an opportunity to make investments that address these challenges and improve quality of life for all Bostonians.

Bostonians have clear priorities for the future.

To guide Imagine Boston 2030, we turned to those who know the city best – the residents and businesses that call Boston home. They told us about Boston’s opportunities and challenges and shared their visions for the future.

Imagine a Boston where residents have access to affordable, quality housing and where inclusive neighborhoods are home to Bostonians of many ages, races, perspectives and incomes.

Imagine a Boston with a vibrant, inclusive economy, where residents have the training and transit needed to access quality careers in growing sectors.

Imagine a Boston of connected neighborhoods where residents of all ages, races and incomes enjoy safe, efficient and reliable transportation options.

Informed by Bostonians’ input, Imagine Boston 2030 will preserve and enhance what we love about Boston, while using growth to address our challenges and make our city stronger and more inclusive.

Based on Bostonians’ input, Imagine Boston proposes four goals to guide our City’s growth.

Now, we need your input to prioritize strategies to achieve these goals.

Goal 1: Provide quality of life in accessible neighborhoods

  • Build and preserve housing that is affordable to Bostonians at a variety of income levels
  • Create complete neighborhoods where all Bostonians are safe and have access to quality transit, healthy food, vibrant main streets and community spaces

Learn more about Goal 1.

Goal 2: Drive inclusive economic growth

  • Expand access to quality jobs through training, education and technology access
  • Expand competitive knowledge economy sectors by providing space, talent and networking
  • Encourage the growth of mixed-income neighborhoods offering quality jobs close to where residents live
  • Connect low-income communities to job-rich districts
  • Reinforce the education, culture and vitality needed to attract and retain talented residents and companies

Learn more about Goal 2.

Goal 3: Promote a healthy environment and adapt to climate change

  • Create a waterfront where vibrant public open spaces coexist with revitalized neighborhoods, commercial centers and important industrial uses
  • Protect critical infrastructure and economic assets from impacts and disruption resulting from climate-related events
  • Continue to be a global leader in reducing GHG emissions in the built environment and energy, transit, and waste sectors
  • Improve neighborhood quality of life and climate resilience through improved air and water quality, brownfield remediation and green infrastructure

Learn more about Goal 3.

Goal 4: Invest in infrastructure, open space, and culture

  • Provide affordable, reliable 21st century mobility infrastructure in all neighborhoods, including safe multi-modal streets, new travel options and enhanced access to job centers and key services
  • Build and enhance open space that accommodates a range of activities and residents of all ages
  • Ensure a clean and vibrant public realm across all Boston’s neighborhoods
  • Create and strengthen cultural offerings to reflect our diverse population and attract talent and tourism

Learn more about Goal 4.

As we move forward, we need continued input to prioritize strategies to create jobs, improve housing options, reduce our risks from climate change and address longstanding issues of racial and economic equity. Over the coming months, we seek input to identify areas to preserve, enhance and grow across our city. This input will inform our strategy for guiding Boston’s growth, which will be released in Summer 2016.

Image sources: Landslides Aerial Photography (Boston Aerial), Joe Wolf (Imagine Statement 1), Industry City (Imagine Statement 2), TriMet (Imagine Statement 3), Peter Vanderwarker (Goal 1), Jake Dobkin (Goal 2), Kevin Hackert (Goal 3), Scott Shigley, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc (Goal 4)

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