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Proceedings of the Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning

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The Legacy Of Frederick Law Olmsted’S Emerald Necklace In Contemporary Boston, James C. O’Connell Jan 2016

The Legacy Of Frederick Law Olmsted’S Emerald Necklace In Contemporary Boston, James C. O’Connell

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A few years ago, I was reading about a booming Chinese city that wanted to complement development with parks. Planners in Shenzhen were debating whether to create a “Central Park” or an “Emerald Necklace,” referencing the parks that landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed for New York (1858) and Boston (1878-1896) respectively. Shenzhen ended up creating an “Emerald Necklace” network of parkland, presumably because it served residents more effectively. This story indicates the strong influence that Frederick Law Olmsted still holds over planners and the public around the world.


Aqueduct Trail Network Development In Metro Boston, David Loutzenheiser, Tom Lindberg, Joel Barrera Jan 2013

Aqueduct Trail Network Development In Metro Boston, David Loutzenheiser, Tom Lindberg, Joel Barrera

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The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) are collaborating with associated cities and towns to open up 40 + miles of existing and former aqueduct right-of-ways are available to be permitted for public access for the first time in the western suburbs of Boston. Four aqueducts are being considered for public access.

The first one-mile section along the Weston Aqueduct in Framingham opened to the public in October 2012. By eventually connecting these aqueducts with existing trail systems, we are ultimately creating a 50+ mile continuous greenway network, primarily using existing public land permitted at ...


A Greenway Network Vision For Metro Boston, Peter G. Furth, David Loutzenheiser, Steven Miller, Peyman Noursalehi Jan 2013

A Greenway Network Vision For Metro Boston, Peter G. Furth, David Loutzenheiser, Steven Miller, Peyman Noursalehi

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Urban greenways are attractive for walking and especially for bicycling because they offer a pleasant and near-traffic-free environment in an area with high population density and rich with destinations. Unfortunately, urban greenways are often not connected to one another, requiring cyclists to negotiate heavy traffic getting from one greenway to another and thus diminishing their utility. In the Boston region, a planning and visioning effort is underway to promote the vision of a network of connected greenways offering continuous pleasant, low-stress routes by bicycle or by foot between origins and destinations across the urban area. The network plan emphasizes both ...


Oasis Greenways: A New Model Of Urban Park Within Street Right-Of-Ways In Dorchester, Massachusetts, Tom Bertulis, Peter Furth Jan 2013

Oasis Greenways: A New Model Of Urban Park Within Street Right-Of-Ways In Dorchester, Massachusetts, Tom Bertulis, Peter Furth

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Parks and greenways can offer many benefits to urban communities in many areas including recreational, public health, and increased land value. However, there are often few opportunities to carve out a narrow, continuous green space in the built-up parts of our cities. One prospect involves using available land in rail or utility corridors; another involves radical road diets to create space along major roads. This paper examines another approach, using the right-of-way (ROW) of local streets to transform pavement into linear parks that we call Oasis Greenways. An Oasis Greenway has ultra-low motor vehicle speeds and volumes, allowing there to ...


Scenario Planning For The Boston Metropolitan Region: Exploring Environmental And Social Implications Of Alternative Futures, Robert L. Ryan, Paige S. Warren, Craig Nicolson, Chingwen Cheng, Rachel Danford, Michael Strohbach Jan 2013

Scenario Planning For The Boston Metropolitan Region: Exploring Environmental And Social Implications Of Alternative Futures, Robert L. Ryan, Paige S. Warren, Craig Nicolson, Chingwen Cheng, Rachel Danford, Michael Strohbach

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The Boston Metropolitan Area Urban Long-term Ecological Research Area (BMA-ULTRA-EX) Project is an interdisciplinary project that is studying the effects of socio-economic and biophysical drivers on urban ecosystems. The Boston region is experiencing low-density urban sprawl (suburbanization) on the rural-urban fringes of the metropolitan area that is creating environmental impacts to natural resources. At the same time, central cities such as Boston are seeing disinvestment in some low-income neighborhoods causing property abandonment, along with limited infill development (densification) near the commercial core and transit hubs. These competing socio-economic forces of suburbanization, densification, and disinvestment have environmental implications for urban ecosystems ...


“But How Do We Get To The Greenway?”— A Multi-Disciplinary, Multi-Jurisdiction, Multimodal Strategy To Increase Connections To The Charles River Basin, Cynthia Smith Fasla, Phil Goff Leed Ap, Christopher M. Greene Rla Jan 2013

“But How Do We Get To The Greenway?”— A Multi-Disciplinary, Multi-Jurisdiction, Multimodal Strategy To Increase Connections To The Charles River Basin, Cynthia Smith Fasla, Phil Goff Leed Ap, Christopher M. Greene Rla

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The world-famous Charles River Reservation lines both sides of its majestic river for 8-1/2 miles in greater Boston. Created as a State Reservation between 1910 and 1936, this beautiful urban greenway contains continuous, longitudinal paths that serve as “trunk routes” for non-motorized transportation, hourly serving as many as 10,000 cyclists, pedestrians and runners. However, narrow bridges and urban land uses abutting the Reservation (high-volume arterial roads, railyards and car-oriented streets and businesses) present major barriers to access from the adjacent communities and to the greenway and the river.

This paper presents the draft findings and specific strategies of ...


Planning For Change In The Boston Metropolitan Area (Usa): Exploring The Relationship Between Urban Greening And Socio-Economic Processes, Robert L. Ryan, Paige Warren, Susannah Lerman, Kate Taylor, Eric Strauss Jan 2010

Planning For Change In The Boston Metropolitan Area (Usa): Exploring The Relationship Between Urban Greening And Socio-Economic Processes, Robert L. Ryan, Paige Warren, Susannah Lerman, Kate Taylor, Eric Strauss

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Global population growth is increasingly concentrated in urban areas, degrading natural resources and threatening long-term sustainability of both human and biotic systems. Even in a developed nation like the United States, urban areas are expected to double in population and land area over the next fifty years (UNFPA, 2007). In order to plan for a more sustainable urban future, there is a need to understand the relationship between the socio-economic forces that are driving land use and land cover change, and the resulting impacts upon the ecosystem state and structure of the urban forest (Colding, 2007). In particular, this study ...