In the spring of 2015, when Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the launch of Boston’s first citywide planning process in 50 years, he began a two-year public engagement process to create a roadmap for success leading up to Boston’s 400th
birthday. He called it Imagine Boston 2030.
The Mayor encouraged residents to visit Imagine.Boston.gov and get involved in the conversation. The Mayor made the announcement at the Innovative Design Alternatives Summit (IDeAS) at Faneuil Hall.
Through Imagine Boston, the City hopes to take a more dynamic approach to community engagement than has been done with planning efforts in the past. As a first step to inform the process, Mayor Walsh is asking community members to share their preferences for how they want to be engaged by completing a short online survey on the website, and to join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #ImagineBos.
Imagine Boston 2030 will be a multi-phase initiative over the next two years. Starting with an evaluation of baseline conditions, Boston expects to begin a more robust public visioning process in the fall of 2015, where community members will be able to contribute ideas to shape Boston’s future. A final plan is expected to be adopted in Summer 2017.
While design and architecture is the focus of IDeAS, the summit also serves as an opportunity to discuss planning the future of Boston more broadly. In this video, a panel drills down on planning as part of a day-long series of discussions at
BSA Space on Congress Street.
IDeAS is sponsored by The Boston Foundation, Boston Society of Architects Foundation, and Autodesk.
BIO: Katherine Swenson
Katie Swenson is a national leader in sustainable design for low-income communities. Katie oversees National Design Initiatives for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., directing the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute and the
Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, which cultivates a new generation of community architects through hands-on,high-impact projects in local communities across the country. The 50+ program fellows remain leaders in community design,
spearheading a national movement of architects dedicated to community development and social activism.
BIO: Glynn Lloyd
Glynn Lloyd is the Founder and President of City Fresh Foods, an innovative food service operation that daily provides healthy meals to Elders, School Students, Child Care and other institutional clients.
Glynn has been actively involved in the Boston’s urban community for the last three decades. From organizing local million man march initiatives to board chairing innovative non profits such as Sportsmen’s Tennis Club, The Food Project, Red Tomato and Four Corner Main Streets. Glynn founded City Growers LLC- a business focused on creating self sustaining urban farms and then assisted in the creation of The Urban Farming Institute, a nonprofit supporting the development of the new urban farming industry in Massachusetts. He currently sits on various boards such as Roxbury Community College, NACA, CommonWealth Kitchen and Project Bread.
After 20 years at the helm of City Fresh Foods, Glynn joined BII as Managing Director in 2015. Glynn and his daughter reside in Roxbury, MA
BIO: Sheila Dillon
In her role at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Sheila Dillon has oversight of the Section 8 Program, the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, and many of the State’s homeless programs. During her time as Deputy Director of Housing at DND, she oversaw affordable housing development and homeless programs, including management of Community Development Block Grants, Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) and several other programs. After leaving DND, she assumed the role of Deputy Director of Housing at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, where she created housing policy for the City of Boston and managed the Inclusionary Development Program. Before leaving the City, she served as Mayor Menino’s Housing Advisor. Prior to her tenure with the City of Boston, Dillon was Director of Real Estate Development at the Massachusetts Housing Partnership Fund and Director of Housing Development at Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation.
BIO: Kelly Saito
Kelly’s primary responsibility is overseeing Gerding Edlen operations with a specific emphasis on execution of development projects. He has been responsible for on-time and on-budget construction of 13 million square feet of office, high-technology, retail and multi-family properties with an aggregate value of nearly $4 billion. Kelly was among the first employees of Gerding Edlen, having been hired during the company’s first year of operation in 1996. Prior to that, he was a sales consultant for an international commercial real estate firm.