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 Corley is the Director of Research and Partnerships at CLF, supporting scientific practices and partnerships across the organization. Tracy identifies areas where research and science can support active advocacy and litigation and also coordinates independent research related to climate change and environmental justice across New England. She brings experience in research, public policy, law, and conservation to her role and thrives on bringing people together to tackle the systemic issues that drive conservation and environmental justice.

Prior to joining CLF, Tracy served as the Transit-Oriented Development Fellow at MassINC, where she conducted research and convened stakeholders to promote equitable development in Massachusetts’ Gateway and regional cities. Her time at MassINC followed her mid-career graduate studies, when she researched the economic development potential of New England cities at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, then split her time between Boston and the German Rhineland investigating informal work in Germany’s skilled trades and crafts sector. She also has lived in Seattle, Washington, where she conducted strategic planning and coordinated a participatory research program for formerly incarcerated workers at Seattle Jobs Initiative; founded two consulting firms that helped advance clean technologies, sustainable development, and energy efficiency; and advocated for inclusive economic development as Vice-Chair of Small Business for the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees. She has also worked as an architect and designer in Washington state and South Carolina.

Tracy holds a B.A. in Architecture from Clemson University and both an M.S. in Public Policy and a Ph.D. in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University. She grew up on a farm in South Carolina, enjoys being out in nature, and believes that urban places can be regenerative for people and the planet. Outside of work, Tracy enjoys opera and museums, neighborhood bike rides with friends, and experiencing new places. She also writes, speaks, and teaches regularly.

+ 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