What makes a neighborhood livable? Urban planner, Jane Jacob, describes that successful urban spaces share human scale, walkability, and a mixture of housing, shops, green space, and public buildings and also have mixed building density.
Do you think that East Boston fits this idea of a livable community? In the last 10 years, East Boston residents have experienced many changes surrounding their daily life. Will gentrification affect livability in these neighborhoods ?
Vibrant Street Life
Bustling sidewalks filled with people walking and shopping make for vibrant neighborhoods.
High Building Density
Building density can reflect the energy of an area: a mix of building types close together create excitement.
East Boston has traditionally been one of the city's more affordable neighborhoods, though rents have begun to rise leading to displacement of residents.
Diversity of People
East Boston has always attracted a diverse working class and immigrant population.
“Street lighting is more than just a technical requirement, a security need, or a design element.” -Project for Public Space
See how social and economic interactions take place in environments, and what is the hidden logic of urbanspace
East Boston in 2016
Median household income:$54,409
Average household size:2.8 people
1.Provide Transpiration: People can take water taxi from Logan Airport and East Boston to the Charlestown, North End and the Seaport District.
2.Mix-density Space: Connecting neighborhoods to open public space + Harbor Walk.
3.Lay foundational “smart city” infrastructure: With embedded sensors to streetlights to increase visibility to promote road saftey in a traditional way, but can help collect and transmit information to help cities monitor and respond to different urban circumstances.