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The case for 15-minute neighborhoods

Posted on September 14, 2021

BOSTON ---- MHP's Center for Housing Data will join Boston Indicators on Wed., Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. to discuss their new research paper which details a vision for building a regional network of mixed-use neighborhoods.

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Entitled "15-Minute Neighborhoods: Repairing Regional Harms and Building Vibrant Neighborhoods for All," the report examines policies that would promote neighborhoods in which residents can reach all their daily needs in 15 minutes. 

It will also show how transportation and land-use policies have prioritized cars for generations, encouraged sprawl, single-family construction and the separation of residential from commercial uses. 

The event will include a focused policy discussion about steps for advancing this vision at the state, regional and local levels. And it will include discussion of some promising recent advances, such as the legislature’s new requirement that every MBTA community develop at least one multifamily zoning district. 

The report will be presented by Anne Kiyono Calef and Luc Schuster of Boston Indicators, the research center of the Boston Foundation. There will then be a panel discussion that will include Dr. Tracy Corley of the Conservation Law Foundation and Jonathan Berk of Patronicity, a civic platform that brings citizens together to support positive change in their communities.

After the panel discussion, there will be four breakout rooms and each room will feature a neighborhood case study from the report. Each study will be presented by the author, with discussion to follow. 

Tom Hopper, MHP's director of research and analytics, will present his essay on Boston's Jackson Square. The other case studies will be on Worcester's Canal District, Somerville's Assembly Square and downtown Reading.

A live stream link will be sent after registration, prior to the event. For additional information, please contact the Boston Foundation's Michelle Hinkle at michelle.hinkle@tbf.org.