Boston Neighborhoods Asking for Slower, Safer Streets

Rather than focusing only on which streets are most dangerous, Boston officials asked which neighborhoods wanted safety improvements to slow traffic, 45 different communities around the city said they did.
August 22, 2017, 9am PDT | Casey Brazeal | @northandclark
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"In March, the city of Boston announced that after making data-driven improvements to arterials, the city’s new Slow Streets program would ask residential neighborhoods to nominate themselves for traffic-calming features," Rachel Dovey reports for Next City. There are lots of stories about motorists complaining about anything impeding them, but by asking which communities want these improvements the city was better able to work with willing counterparts.

"The goal of having communities nominate themselves was not to create a process in which the squeakiest wheel gets the grease, but to speed up timelines and, in the process, improve neighborhood engagement," Boston Transport Department officials told Next City.

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Published on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in Next City
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