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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Greater Boston’s extensive transportation network allows most residents, workers and visitors to travel by car, bus, rapid transit, bicycle, or on foot. The sector is largely administered by state transportation agencies – the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, the Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works, the Massachusetts Highway Department, the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission, the Registry of Motor Vehicles – which were merged into the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) through a landmark reform bill in 2009. MassDOT also assumed oversight of the Tobin Bridge, regional transit authorities and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA), which manages 11 commuter rail lines with 125 stations and 6 rapid transit lines with 150 stations and provides rapid transit and commuter rail service to 175 cities and towns alongside an extensive network of local and express busses and a small but important coastal ferry system. The regional transit system links to the federal Amtrak rail system at North and South Stations in Boston, which also contains a deep water seaport and Logan International Airport owned and operated by the Massachusetts Port Authority (MassPort). New Balance Hubway, the city’s bike-sharing launched in July 2011 with 61 stations and 600 bicycles. The sector includes a range of research, planning and advocacy organizations, from the federal Volpe Center to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Walk Boston and the Union of T Riders to business groups such as A Better City (ABC), boaters’ and bicyclists’ groups, academic experts at MIT and other area universities, Boston’s Transportation Department and planning departments.
Cycling in Boston nearly doubled between 2007 and 2011, with an 82% increase in ridership. In 2012, Walkscore ranked Boston as the 4th most bikeable large US city.
Hubway is Boston's nationally recognized bike-sharing program with more than 60 stations and 600 bikes across the city.