The Boston Indicators Project offers new ways to understand Boston and its neighborhoods in a regional, national and global context. It aims to democratize access to information, foster informed public discourse, track progress on shared civic goals, and report on change in 10 sectors: Civic Vitality, Cultural Life and the Arts, the Economy, Education, the Environment, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Technology, and Transportation.
Transportation is the movement of cargo -- people, animals or material goods – from one place to another. Modes of transportation in contemporary life include walking, bicycling, cars, buses, trucks, aircraft, freight and passenger trains, subways, ships and boats.
Children mirror a community’s values, progress and challenges. If a community’s children are thriving, it is likely that the whole community is doing well. The Boston Indicators Project tracks progress through 2030—Boston’s 400th Anniversary - when many of today’s children and youth will be civic, political and business leaders and their children will be in school.
The Greater Boston region has a long history as a birthplace of revolution and innovation and is packed with firsts - the nation’s first public park and public library, breakthroughs in medicine and “green” building. With a newly revitalized waterfront and some of the nation’s - and the world’s - top colleges and universities, the region - with Boston at its core - attracts students from around the world and top-tier talent in all fields to its dynamic and diversified knowledge economy.
Sustainable development refers to patterns of growth that integrate environmental and human health, economic dynamism, and social cohesion and equity. Sustainable development is multi-dimensional by definition: biodiversity health; the availability of jobs at a living age; regional and per capita carbon dioxide emissions; the availability of fresh water and open spaces; etc. All of these factors increase the quality of life.
The Boston Indicators Project’s comprehensive Framework of indicators and measures reflects an intensive, participatory selection process that included hundreds of Bostonians and reviewed by thousands more. Beginning with positive goals for the future, these data-rich indicators and measures provide an objective way to assess current conditions, trends over time and patterns of relationships, as well as outcomes for specific groups, neighborhoods, the City of Boston and the Metro Boston region. The Complete Project Framework can also be re-sorted into crosscutting topics and civic agenda goals.
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The 2012 Boston Indicators Report shows that standard top-level economic indicators don't tell us everything we need to know about the state of jobs and equity in our local and regional economy. We need to reinvent Boston's innovation economy through greater opportunity and shared prosperity.
The Boston Indicators Project produces biennial reports chronicling Boston's accomplishments and the full array of challenges facing the city and region. These reports build on expert and stakeholder convenings, data analysis, and reviews of recent research. Over the years, they have helped to catalyze an on-going set of conversations throughout the community about our region's economic competitiveness and the key challenges facing Boston.
The Measure of Poverty was released in September 2011. Findings show that the rates of poverty in Boston changed very little over the last twenty years, but is more deeply concentrated in single-parent families in particular neighborhoods. State and local budget cuts due to the recession may have long-term consequences in mitigating the effects of poverty. The Boston Indicators Project released another special report in 2008, Boston’s Education Pipeline: A Report Card, which provided a comprehensive view of the entire arc of Boston’s system of educational opportunities and outcomes, with an update in 2011.
The City of Boston is comprised of 16 Planning Districts and 26 neighborhoods, each with a unique history and identity.
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What are the best ways to solve the pressing challenges of our city, region, country and planet? The Hub of Innovation profiles a set of breakthrough solutions from the region, nation and world.
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The 47-square mile City of Boston sits on Boston Harbor at the confluence of the Charles, Neponset and Mystic Rivers, whose combined watersheds include 57 cities and towns, and drain an area of more than 400 square miles. After the decade-long, four-billion dollar Boston Harbor clean-up, the region’s coast has experienced a renaissance, with beautiful beaches and 30 islands joined into the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. Boston’s open space system includes more than 7,000 acres of protected land, with more than 215 parks and playgrounds owned and managed by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, 2,200 acres managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and protected land owned by the Boston Natural Areas Network, which manages 175 community gardens and more than 1,400 acres of urban wilds. Issues such as energy generation, emissions, and efficiency to support home heating and cooling, transportation, commerce and industry and also the local impact of and response to intensifying global climate change are tracked by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, Boston’s Environment Department, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s Renewable Energy Trust, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and local planning departments, foundations and nonprofit groups. The sector also includes environmental science departments of local universities, environmental education in and of of schools, and environmental justice organizations.
Park Score ranked Boston as nation's third best city for parks and spaces based on total acreage and park size, access to open space, and the city's overall investment in services to public parks and play spaces.
A national leader in promoting urban sustainability across issues, including transportation, community development, energy, water, and climate change.