City Councilors Michelle Wu (at podium) and Ed Flynn (behind, to the right) stand with social justice advocates at the Josiah Quincy Upper School in Chinatown at a press conference on the disparate impacts of air pollution to communities of color on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Study: People of Color Suffer Higher Health Risks From Highway Pollution

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Thanks to decades of planning decisions that routed highways through Asian, black and Latinx neighborhoods, and a lack of affordable housing in transit-accessible locations, air pollution from tailpipes is significantly more likely to harm communities of color across Massachusetts, according to a new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists. In the new report, Inequitable […]
An aerial view of the Back Bay Fens, looking east towards downtown Boston. Brookline Avenue runs diagonally from the upper left to the lower right in this image.

Unforced Error on the Fenway: New Bike Lanes on Busy Roads Lack Physical Protection

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A repaving project of the Fenway and Park Drive near the Landmark Center is drawing criticism from Boston-area cyclists for installing new unprotected bike lanes in dangerous, heavy-traffic locations where parking-protected bike lanes appear to be feasible. The project includes the intersection of Park Drive and Brookline Avenue. In February, a driver at that location […]
The pedestrianized section of Franklin Street next to the Downtown Crossing station entrance pictured on May 29, 2019.

Do Millennials Love Sprawl Now? Eh, Not Exactly

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The “return to the city” movement is dead — or so say some news outlets after data from Brookings showed population growth in the suburbs outpacing that of cities, especially among millennials. “American suburbs swell as a new generation escapes the city,” wrote the Wall Street Journal. Mother Jones piled on with “Millennials love the burbs.” […]
A presentation board showing the Department of Conservation and Recreation's conceptual cross-sections for Memorial Drive in Cambridge, photographed at a public meeting held on June 25, 2019.

State’s Memorial Drive Concept Conserves Cambridge Waterfront… for Cars

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On Tuesday evening in Cambridge, several dozen neighbors, local politicians and transportation advocates turned out to hear the state’s conceptual improvement plans for the “Memorial Drive Phase III” project, which would rebuild the roadways and paths on Cambridge’s riverfront from Eliot Bridge near Mount Auburn Hospital to the rotary at the foot of the Boston […]
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