CB Forum: Urban Activists, Artists and Citizens Unite

"I want people to leave here frustrated and upset that there's not more public art."

–Ross Miller, Public Space Artist

"Allston taught me how to truly be an urban activist and a citizen. I love it here."

–Alana Olsen, Executive Director of Allston Main Streets

Thank you to all who joined us for our CB Forum at the Microsoft NERD Center! Over 70 people joined us for a discussion on this year’s Common Points: Allston-Brighton and Kendall/MIT. Moderator Ken Shulman kept the lively conversation going with such inquiries as how public participation affects planning efforts, how large businesses and organizations contribute positively to a neighborhood, care of the Charles River, the ever-present challenge of affordable housing, how a large population of students influence a neighborhood, and the urgency of more public art. Check out Common Boston on Twitter and Instagram for some great quotes and pics from the evening.

The CB Forum was a great way to kick off Common Boston's new format of year-long programming. Next up for our all-volunteer group is the dParty weekend in late May, which includes not only our signature party but also screenings of the film The Human Scale, tours of our Common Points, and more.  We're excited to continue the conversation on vibrant, sustainable, and equitable neighborhoods in Boston, Cambridge and beyond.

Interested in contributing your time, space, insights, or resources? Send a note and join us!

Many thanks to our sponsors, the great audience, and especially our panelists for being a part of this important discussion. For more info on each panel participant, please click their name below.

 

Posted on March 25, 2014 .