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Myra Kraft Open Classroom: Imagine Boston 2030 – Engaging a City

September 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Current City of Boston governmental policies are contributing to transforming our region of changing demographics, new economic realities, and varying expectations of social justice. What are these new policies and how will they likely impact Boston’s quality of life in 2030? Who is setting these policies? How are diverse communities engaged in this process, and what are the metrics of success? What has been learned and changed over the past few years, and how do Washington’s new urban priorities affect city and regional policy-making?

The Fall semester Open Classroom will bring together public officials, Northeastern faculty and students, and Boston community stakeholders to discuss affordable housing, gentrification, and homelessness; land use planning; public safety; economic mobility and disparities; transportation; cultural planning; changing demographics and immigration; public education; public health; and innovation and technology.

Classes begin on Wednesday, September 6, with a discussion of Imagine Boston 2030, the city’s recently unveiled planning process. The course will be facilitated by Distinguished Professor and Dukakis Center Director, Dr. Ted Landsmark, who also sits on the Board of the Boston Planning and Development Agency.

Discussion Points:

  • Overview of IB2030
  • Demographic changes in Boston over time
  • What does “engagement” with the City of Boston mean?


  • Natalia Urtubey, Executive Director Imagine Boston 2030
  • Vineet Gupta, Director of Planning at BTD
  • Andrea Burns, Director at Age Friendly Boston
  • Michael Dukakis, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University; former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Ted Landsmark, Distinguished Professor, Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

Free and open to the public

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