Can Shared Streets Pave the Way for Equity?

FRI, NOV 13, 2020 (1:05)

The pandemic has put critical issues front and center for many cities, including stimulating economic development, expanding public space, reducing air pollution, addressing traffic incidents and fatalities, and promoting equity. Reports have repeatedly shown that communities of color and environmental justice communities are much more likely to have been hit hard by COVID-19, making innovative approaches that address these issues crucial to recovery. In response, many cities have turned to tactical street interventions. In Massachusetts, the widely-praised Shared Streets and Spaces grant program has dispersed $10.2 million for 103 tactical projects to cities across the Commonwealth in a record 100 days.

GBH News transportation reporter Bob Seay and MassINC fellow Dr. Tracy Corley explore the impacts of tactical street projects on equity in local communities. Bob and Tracy welcome Kate Fichter, Assistant Secretary for Policy Coordination for MassDOT, Warren Logan, Policy Director of Mobility and Inter Agency Relations for the City of Oakland, CA, and David Kucharsky, Director of Traffic and Parking Director for the City of Salem to discuss the successes and challenges of Shared Streets, Slow Streets, and related projects that aim to improve transportation access and connections for all.

This event is one of a series of TTOD Talks co-produced by MassINC and the GBH Forum Network.


+ BIO: Warren Logan

Warren is the Policy Director of Mobility and Interagency Relations at Oakland Mayor’s Office. His role focuses on advancing the City’s vision for safe and sustainable transportation for all Oaklanders.

+ BIO: Kate Fichter

Kate is Assistant Secretary for Policy Coordination at Massachusetts Department of Transportation, where she has served in various capacities since 2004. Currently she is responsible for overseeing multiple policy initiatives, and ensuring that MassDOT policy priorities are implemented through investments and projects.

+ BIO: David Kucharsky

David is Director of Traffic and Parking for the City of Salem. He is responsible for the city’s transportation policy, program and planning implementation and development.

+ BIO: Tracy A. Corley, PhD

Dr. Tracy A. Corley, MassINC’s Transit-Oriented Development Fellow, thrives on creating economic opportunities and sustainable livelihoods for people in our world’s metropolitan regions. She brings expertise in economic development, business, labor markets, architecture, law, and public policy to MassINC. As the TOD Fellow, she convenes political and community leaders to spur inclusive development in Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities.

Prior to joining MassINC, Dr. Corley split time between Boston and the German Rhineland, conducting doctoral research on informal work in Germany’s skilled trades and crafts sector. She obtained multiple grants for this research, including German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) funding. The Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG), and Institute for Labor, Skills and Training (IAQ) hosted her during her investigations in Germany.

Previously, Dr. Corley lived in Seattle, Washington, where she coordinated strategy and planning for Seattle Jobs Initiative, founded two consulting firms, and served as the Vice Chair of Small Business on the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees. Her diverse experience included work in sustainability, energy efficiency, clean technology, finance, banking, and telecommunications. She has also worked as an architect and graphic designer in Seattle, WA, and Greenville, SC.

Dr. Corley attained her B.A. in Architecture Design from Clemson University in 1995 and her M.S. in Public Policy and Ph.D. in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University in 2018.

+ BIO: Bob Seay

Bob Seay is the transportation reporter for WGBH News.

He formerly hosted Morning Edition for WGBH News, and has worked as a broadcast journalist for more than three decades. Before joining WGBH in October 2010, Bob was Morning Edition host at Rhode Island Public Radio and the director of community radio station WOMR in Provincetown. For more than 15 years, he was the news and public affairs director at WQRC in Hyannis covering Cape Cod and the islands. Bob has also worked as a host on WBUR.

TTOD "Transformative Transit-Oriented Development" Talks