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sample projects from Thriving Places' portfolio
Design concept for the future of Tim White Way. Created by Goode Landscape Studio.
Tim White Way Transformation
West Roxbury Main Streets
The Tim White Way project aims to create a more welcoming and beautiful open space for residents and visitors in the Centre Street business district of West Roxbury. Tim White Way is a pedestrian walkway located in the heart of our neighborhood. However, this project is not simply renovating a walkway. It’s catalyzing what it means to experience West Roxbury’s Main Street district as the dynamic center of our neighborhood. Anticipated project completion in 2023.
Thriving Places played a key role in project management, community engagement, stakeholder engagement, and fundraising.
Hope Street Urban Trail Demonstration
In partnership with:
Providence Streets Coalition
The Providence Streets Coalition, Thriving Places Collaborative, SPIN Streets, and 3M are working with local partners, residents, and businesses to test a temporary urban trail on Hope Street in Providence in 2022 as called for in the City of Providence’s Great Streets Plan.
The trail would consolidate parking to one side of Hope Street and create a trail for walking, jogging, rolling, and biking on the other side. The temporary trail would be in place for 5-7 days, and give residents and business owners a chance to experience this potential change in 3D, interact with it, and give their informed feedback. Anticipated demonstration in Fall 2022.
Thriving Places has helped significantly with the project planning and management, fundraising, and implementation of the demonstration.
Graphic created by Thriving Places to help Providence residents re-imagine mobility equity on Hope Street.
The Ouick & Creative Street Projects summary includes examples and impact data from 23 municipalities over the course of 2020 and 2021 shows that simple changes can have big impact. Provided by The Barr Foundation.
Quick and Creative Street Projects: Measuring the Impact in Massachusetts
In partnership with:
Barr Foundation, Toole Design Group, Kittelson & Associates, Stantec
In response to COVID-19, Cities, towns, and businesses across Massachusetts are implementing innovations on their streets. Creative public space projects are prioritizing people and having big impacts!
Thriving Places’ Jill Eshelman, PhD conducted an evaluation of outdoor seating, converted from parking and roadways. She collected data measuring the social and economic impacts through widespread surveys, interviews, and observations.
Open the Doors Fundraiser
GARNER Arts Center
The Open the Doors campaign helped raise funds for GARNER Arts Center to complete their 19th century constructed Building 35 renovations. This transformation aimed to revive GARNER as a thriving arts community hub and attract a widespread audience as a desired destination in the Hudson Valley region. Completing Building 35 helps GARNER better achieve its mission by giving them a space to advance the creation and presentation of contemporary, experiential art while striving to enrich, educate, and connect diverse audiences. Effective marketing and communications were key for the success of their fundraising events to drive ticket sales.
Thriving Places worked alongside GARNER Arts Center to offer event consultation and fundraising support.
Open the Doors fundraising campaign images, provided by GARNER Arts Center.
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Green Street Public Parklet in Jamaica Plain, Boston. Provided by JP Centre/South Main Streets.
Neighborhood Parklet Evaluation
Jamaica Plain Centre/South Main Streets
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Boston’s Jamaica Plain (JP) neighborhood businesses and organizations built outdoor seating areas, also known as parklets, for safe gathering and outdoor eating.
Thriving Places Collaborative partnered with JP Centre/South Main Streets and Civic Space Collaborative to evaluate community experience and perceptions of parklets in the Jamaica Plain Centre/South Street district, justifying future advocacy of such projects.