MURP Students Deliver Successful Capstone Presentation for the City of Lynn

December 20, 2013

Master of Urban and Regional Policy students in the Fall 2013 Capstone course presented the culmination of their semester-long research project to a small audience at the Policy School offices last Thursday.

The five person team spent the past few months examining options for pedestrian access from the Lynnway to a projected waterfront development in Lynn, MA. In 2007, the City of Lynn commissioned Boston-based design firm Sasaki Associates to develop a master plan for the redevelopment of the Lynn waterfront.


Matthew Allen, Abadur Rahman, Margaret Dyson, Suzanne O’Neil Jones, Paul Sagarino

The Capstone team examined case studies nation- and world-wide to provide the city of Lynn with a menu of options for pedestrian access solutions. They researched the following approaches to address barriers to pedestrian access:

  • Suppressing a portion of the Lynnway
  • Pedestrian bridges
  • Traffic calming
  • Traffic rerouting

The team also addressed potential funding sources for both the design and construction of such projects and identified regulatory requirements the city must satisfy to move forward with its plan.

To close their presentation, the group recommended that the City of Lynn contextualize the waterfront development and pedestrian access to broader regional needs and goals, develop partnerships and coalitions, and prioritize plans.

During the open question and answer period a number of questions arose about Lynn’s level of preparedness for climate change. A few audience members wondered if redevelopment is a good idea unless the City has plans to build climate resiliency into new waterfront development.

An audience member then suggested that climate resiliency and preparedness along the Lynnway may be an interesting project for the next Capstone team. The current team seemed happy to pass the baton on to a fresh group of MURP researchers!

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