Imagine Boston 2030
Imagine Boston 2030 defines a vision for Boston leading up to its 400th birthday and beyond.
Imagine Boston 2030 is Boston's first citywide plan in 50 years. Shaped by more than 15,000 residents, we've created a framework to preserve and enhance Boston.
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The general plan of 1965 sought to convince people that Boston’s decline had ended. Fast-forward to today, and it’s clear that Boston has undergone an incredible transformation.
Today, Boston is in a uniquely powerful position to create quality jobs, strengthen our competitive economy, add the housing our city needs to become more affordable, and prepare for climate change. To achieve this vision, we'll embrace growth as a way to address our challenges and make the City stronger and more inclusive.
Imagine Boston 2030 has set the following goals to guide implementation and evaluate success:
- encourage affordability, reduce displacement, and improve quality of life
- increase access to opportunity
- drive inclusive economic growth
- promote a healthy environment and prepare for climate change, and
- invest in open space, arts and culture, transportation, and infrastructure.
- Housing a Changing City released (September 2015)
- IB2030 engagement (November 2015 - June 2017)
- Guiding Growth (March 2016)
- First Draft: Enhancing Opportunities (November 2016)
- Second Draft: Imagine Boston 2030 (May 2017)
- Final Document (July 2017)
How we're getting it done
Imagine Boston identifies types of places for growth and enhancement. Today, Boston can be thought about as three distinct types of places:
- existing neighborhoods
- the commercial core, and
- edge areas.
We will enhance neighborhoods and continue to encourage a mixed-use core. We’ll do this while expanding neighborhoods. We must also create a resilient and inclusive waterfront for future generations. We want to expand access to opportunity and reduce disparities along the Fairmount Corridor.
Imagine Boston 2030’s action areas are physical locations where initiatives come together to respond to key opportunities and challenges. They are the physical embodiment of Boston's boldest aspirations: a set of initiatives that, when implemented in the same location, will achieve multiple goals. The Boston Planning & Development Agency's planning initiatives are instrumental in the fulfillment of the vision and goals defined by the process.
Imagine Boston 2030 Metrics
The 14 metrics reflect the five goals created by residents.
Learn more about how we're tracking progress with Imagine Boston 2030.
Upham's Corner activation
We aim to revitalize the culture, stimulate commerce, and celebrate the Fairmount Corridor connector as a vital cultural anchor. Learn more about the Upham's process.
Other planning initiatives
Corresponding plansCorresponding plans
Request for Information released for Upham’s Corner Arts and Innovation District