As the City of Boston’s first citywide planning effort in nearly 50 years, Imagine Boston 2030 will chart a course for Boston to guide growth, address persistent inequalities, and face climate change. HR&A and Utile are serving as lead consultants to develop a cohesive vision for the City that stitches together past and ongoing planning efforts, and links a long-term strategy with the physical city. The team is situating these elements within a holistic, system-wide approach that encompasses all aspects of urban life.
Through this two-year process, the team is preparing a plan that is created, supported, and driven forward by Boston residents of all ages and backgrounds. Initial steps established a clear citywide strategic direction, and translated that direction into spatial and policy priorities accompanied by a clear implementation framework.
The preliminary Imagine Boston 2030 Strategic Vision Plan, released in November 2016, establishes strategies and a physical vision for the City’s future. In spring 2017, the Boston Citywide Plan will encompass the priority strategies to achieve the City’s goals. Throughout this process, the team is using creative and engaging approaches that exhibit national leadership and local connection to gather both input and feedback from Bostonians. This unprecedented effort engaged more than 10,000 residents in its first six months, via street teams, online mapping tools, workshops, and social media.