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Lower Boston’s Speed Limit and Redesign the Streets

  This is the text of a letter I sent on August 30, 2018 to Boston City Councilors Frank Baker and Ed Flynn. Both Councilors announced earlier that week that they would like to investigate a 20 mph default speed limit in Boston. When a driver struck and killed Colin McGrath a little over a … Continue reading

Dock Square Garage Redevelopment Must Add Shops

This is the text of the letter I sent on April 9, 2018 to Michael Rooney, Senior Project Manager, Boston Planning and Development Agency regarding the Dock Square Garage redevelopment project. More information about the project is available here. The Dock Square Garage is a 1970s throwback to a time when vacant lots and garages … Continue reading

Solaria Labs Total Home Score Measures Noise and Safe Driving in Greater Boston

Last Saturday at the Hubweek Hub, a map of Boston illuminated a large display. Evoking a figure ground, it showed a variety of colors and the confident name: Total Home Score (THS). I finished waiting in line for the STAT 360° virtual reality experience and then headed to the next shipping container to check out Solaria … Continue reading

Boston Bike Party Takes Over the Streets One Friday per Month

  Last Friday, a burst of amplified music caught the attention of my brother, sister-in-law, and I at their home in the South End. My brother and I rushed to the window and saw a gathering of dozens of people in Franklin Square, a park across the street from his home. My brother shouted, “it’s … Continue reading

Disconnected Streets and the Effect on Walkability in Liverpool

A 13,500 word thesis prepared in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Master of Civic Design awarded by the University of Liverpool. It investigates whether walkability varies in a pair of streets that otherwise meet the criteria aligned with high walkability, but differ as to whether they are disconnected–or “stopped off”–at one end. The … Continue reading

Findings from an Area Appraisal of Liverpool Neighborhoods Near to City Center

Posters created with a team of three other students as part of the Stage 1 area appraisal for ENVS439 Making Places. They describe the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for the area according to urban design principles. The entire assignment, which included a separate presentation, earned a 72, a distinction. Prepared in November 2016.

Mersey Estuary Resources 2040: Climate Change Plan

A report prepared with a team of five other students as part of the Stage 2 assignment for ENVS467 Spatial Planning in Action. It summarizes the findings from Stage 1, presents new Vision, Objectives, and Strategic Policies; proposes a set of management measures and actions, and provides illustrative projects and delivery plans. The report received … Continue reading

Mersey Estuary Resources 2040: Climate Change

A report prepared with a team of five other students as part of the Stage 1 assignment for ENVS467 Spatial Planning in Action. It details the content in the original Mersey Estuary Management Plan that addressed climate change, the current policy context, findings from a stakeholder engagement, lessons from elsewhere, and presents findings from a … Continue reading

An Evaluation of Calgary’s Municipal Development Plan

An essay for ENVS427 Making Plans. It critiques Calgary, Alberta’s Municipal Development Plan according to 10 criteria. The essay received an 80, a high distinction. Written in March 2017. 1. Introduction In September 2009, Calgary—a city in the Canadian province of Alberta, adopted a Municipal Development Plan (MDP) to establish 30—60-year development goals and comply … Continue reading

An Introduction to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Planning System

An essay for ENVS459 Implementing and Managing Change.  It discusses the main features of the planning system in Massachusetts. The essay received an 86, a high distinction. Written in June 2017. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ planning system reflects a balance between a legacy of local control and more recent state efforts to guide development in … Continue reading