• About the Project

GOAL: 1.1 Metro Boston's Competitive Edge in Civic Health

Civic dialogue and community activism are part of the very fabric of life in Boston, historically as well as today. Boston contains two of the most significant venues for public discourse in the nation - the Old South Meeting House and Faneuil Hall - where orators rose to debate the independence of the American colonies. Now, technological advances have created “virtual” civic venues in the form of blogs and websites.  As Boston becomes a truly diverse city, and as historically disenfranchised and newcomer immigrant groups become more politically engaged, civic dialogue in Boston has become more inclusive, more complex and even more important to the economic health and civic vitality of city life.