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BPDA Should Approve Revised Dock Square Garage Project

This is the text of a letter I sent on February 19, 2019 to Michael Sinatra, the BPDA project manager for the Dock Square Garage (20 Clinton Street) project, a proposal to add seven stories with 175+ homes atop the garage plus new ground floor retail. Last April, I criticized the proposal to redevelop the … Continue reading

BPDA Should Approve the Project to Reimagine the Hotel Alexandra

This is the text of a letter I sent on December 12, 2018 to Michael Sinatra, the BPDA project manager for 1767-1769 Washington Street, a proposal to restore the façade of the former Hotel Alexandra and construct a new hotel on the site. The BPDA should approve this project. The proposal balances preserving the ornate … Continue reading

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

Baker, Walsh: Take the T Pledge

Yesterday, I attended the Boston March for Science. Understandably, many of the speeches and signs focused on climate change.[1] I wish I had brought a “Fix The T” sign because we need fast, frequent, and reliable MBTA buses, trains, and ferries to decrease the significant greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.[2] We also need our  leaders—our Governor and … 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 … 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

An Evaluation of the National Planning Documents of England, Scotland, and Wales

A 2,587-word report for ENVS459 Implementing and Managing Change. It compares and contrasts the aims, objectives, timeframe, primary focuses, and prospects for success of the national planning documents of England, Scotland, and Wales. The report earned a 75, a distinction. Written in March 2017. 1. Executive Summary This report evaluates the three national planning policy documents … Continue reading

An Analysis of Access to Supermarkets in the Borough of Halton

A 1,286-word essay for ENVS469 Trends Outcomes Impacts. It demonstrates the use of ArcGIS to plot the location of buildings, supermarkets, catchment areas, and population density and change. The essay received a 73, a distinction. Written in December 2016. 1. Introduction Supermarkets are an integral component of convenience provision, a key consideration of local planning … Continue reading

An Exploration of the Relationship Between Measures of Compactness and Transport Choices

An 1,310-word essay for ENVS469 Trends Outcomes Impacts. Using two sets of analyses conducted with SPSS, the essay examines whether more compact communities in North West England have lower car ownership and higher public transportation usage. The essay earned a 72, a distinction. Written in November 2016. 1. Introduction Climate change has increased the focus … Continue reading