Broad Connections

Submitted by Susan Silberberg on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 3:11pm

After an unsuccessful bid to become an official Urban Main Street under the Louisiana State Main Street Program, a group of civic-minded area residents formed an ad-hoc steering committee to recruit MIT to help use post-Hurricane Katrina planning momentum to transform this vehicular thoroughfare between four vibrant neighborhoods into a new connector and destination. 


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Boston Society of Architecture “Research in Architecture Grant” The Secure City: Design and Perception of Public Space Post 9/11

Submitted by Susan Silberberg on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 3:10pm

Susan Silberberg was awarded a competitive research grant from the Boston Society of Architects to investigate the design and perception of public space post 9/11.  Terrorist events have caused many cities and the federal government to rethink issues of public accessibility, open space design and perimeter building protection.  This redesign and retrofit of public space to create a secure public realm has prompted responses ranging from organized efforts to identify roles for professionals and win government design contracts, to public outrage at the changes to u

Egleston Square Inside and Out: Vision and Strategies for Neighborhood Revitalization

Submitted by Susan Silberberg on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 3:08pm

The Egleston Square Main Streets organization sought to support the commercial district of this vibrant and diverse community of largely Latino and African-American residents facing major obstacles in growth and livability. 


The students explored:

·       What this community comprised of over 25% of residents under the age of 16 need to thrive

Enhancing the Layers of Fields Corner: Past, Present and Future*

Submitted by Susan Silberberg on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 3:07pm

Historic Boston, Inc. (HBI) is a non-profit that serves as the developer of last resort for endangered Boston historic properties.  Fields Corner is one of the organization’s “Historic Neighborhood Centers.” HBI partnered with the Fields Corner Main Streets organization to facilitate the creation of a neighborhood preservation and revitalization strategy.  HBI and Fields Corner Main Streets sought help in directing resources and efforts in the district. 


The students explored:

Revitalizing Cleary and Logan Squares: A Report to Historic Boston, Inc.*

Submitted by Susan Silberberg on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 3:06pm

Historic Boston, Inc. (HBI) is a non-profit that serves as the developer of last resort for endangered Boston historic properties.  Cleary and Logan Squares in Hyde Park are part of the organization’s “Historic Neighborhood Centers” programs.  HBI partnered with the Hyde Park Main Streets organization to facilitate the creation of a neighborhood preservation and revitalization strategy.  HBI and Hyde Park Main Streets sought help in directing resources and efforts in the district. 


Affordable Artist Space Feasibility Study, Jacksonville FL*

Submitted by Susan Silberberg on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 3:05pm

The City of Jacksonville, in partnership with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and Downtown Vision, Inc., sought to use the arts as a real estate development catalyst to revitalize the historic downtown.


The students explored: 

·       If a downtown of over 20 city-owned vacant buildings and numerous privately-owned structures can be transformed through arts-related redevelopment  

Mission Hill Main Street Revitalization Plan

Submitted by Susan Silberberg on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 3:04pm

The Mission Hill Main Streets district was struggling to capitalize on excellent accessibility to surrounding Boston resident neighborhoods and the Longwood Medical Area (LMS) – home to one of the largest employment centers in the region.  Negative perceptions of the district, a small geographic presence, and increasing use of ground floor space for overflow medical offices and administrative space continually put merchants at a disadvantage in their efforts to increase visibility and customer base. 


St. Claude in Common

Submitted by Susan Silberberg on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 2:58pm

Once a vibrant commercial corridor known for its furniture stores, seafood market and social clubs, the district struggled to come back after Hurricane Katrina.  The St. Claude Main Streets organization sought help in meeting a number of challenges. 


The students explored:

·       How four communities—St. Roch, Marigny, St. Claude and Bywater— can come together to envision a commercial corridor that serves the needs of all residents

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