NEWMARKET AND UPHAM’S CORNER PLANNING INITIATIVE: CONCEPTS FOR A WALK TO WORK COMMUNITY

study June 1, 2011

This 122-page study documents the achievements of a collaborative planning exercise and provides clear schematics and strategies for creating a model walk to work community in the Newmarket and Upham’s Corner sections of Boston, MA. TACC initiated the study by identifying neighborhood organizations and facilitating stakeholder meetings. The approach enabled stakeholders to develop a list of priority sites; these sites were then evaluated against a set of criteria that supported development opportunities of the larger walk to work initiative. Despite their familiarity with the neighborhood, the stakeholders studied the area together. Fieldtrip routes were mapped and redevelopment opportunity buildings and sites were recorded, creating a means to visualize stakeholder interests and overlapping priorities. This study articulates a consensus view on redevelopment priorities and an opportunity catalog that compiles specific ideas for developing 19 sites; stakeholders were able to overcome barriers in order to develop a collective vision for one of Boston’s core industrial areas. Since its publication, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and other public and private entities have utilized the study to support the planning work of the Fairmount Indigo Line Planning Initiative and adjacent neighborhoods.
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