Utile, along with The American City Coalition (TACC) and a group of deeply-grounded neighborhood organizations, came together to focus on a mixed-use industrial area of central Boston that could serve as a paradigm for future city neighborhoods because of the highly concentrated diversity of uses that already exist. The central goal of the plan was to inspire the creation of a model “Walk to Work” neighborhood—where a concentration of manufacturing and transportation jobs are within walking distance of residential neighborhoods with an available well-trained workforce.
The area between Newmarket and Upham’s Corner contains an existing job base, a concentration of under-developed parcels ripe for new manufacturing and back office commercial space, and the eastern edge of the residential fabric of Roxbury and Dorchester. The boundary between the residential fabric and the industrial district of Newmarket/Mass Ave—and the kinds of new uses that might occupy this boundary—became the particular focus of the plan.
For this study, Utile broadly analyzed the eclectic zones within the study area—including the Newmarket industrial zone, smaller residential neighborhoods, Massachusetts Avenue Corridor, Dudley Street Corridor, and Roxbury Crossing—in order to determine vacant or underutilized sites that could be further studied as opportunity sites to help catalyze economic development. Utile helped to compile a catalogue of “opportunity sites” that could be used by TACC and other stakeholder organizations to help market development possibilities within the study area before exploring three case studies in greater detail.
To view the report, visit The American City Coalition’s website.