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Lower South Street and Vicinity Neighborhood

This page contains information about the Neighborhood Slow Streets plan for Lower South Street and Vicinity.

Neighborhood Slow Streets is an approach to street safety requests on minor residential streets in Boston. We're focused on street designs that self-enforce slower speeds and safer behaviors. Through this program, we aim to:

  • reduce the number and severity of crashes on the minor residential streets
  • create safer streets for walking and biking
  • add to the quality of life in neighborhoods.

The Lower South Street and Vicinity Neighborhood was added to the Neighborhood Slow Streets program in summer 2020. The City of Boston prioritizes neighborhoods for traffic-calming to first serve those areas with the most need. We use data to prioritize communities with more youth, elders, and people with disabilities and where there are more public places, such as libraries, schools, and parks. We also consider the crash rate per mile on local streets.

  • Have Questions? Contact:
  • Looking for general information about the Neighborhood Slow Streets program? Visit the Neighborhood Slow Streets page.

  • Chat with us

    Every other Wednesday, you can schedule a virtual chat or phone call with a project team member. 

    Find a time to chat

  • Get on the email list

Read about the plan

View draft plan updated with content shared at meetings in September 2022. 

Go to the draft designs!

Chat with the Project Team series

chat with the project team:

We invited residents to chat with us and review the Slow Streets plan: 

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Arboretum - South Street at Archdale Road

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Healy Field - Florence Street

View the handout

view the invite postcard

reach out: 

View the 2022 Fall Handout

Previous Meetings and Updates

Previous Meetings

We hosted a virtual meeting on June 2, 2022 to share updates about the Lower South Street and Vicinity Slow Streets project. We shared an overview of the street design changes proposed in the draft plan and how the plan has evolved in response to resident feedback and support.  View the invitation postcard mailed to all residents in the zone. 

Watch the recording from June 2, 2022

English

View the presentation

English  

We hosted a virtual meeting on April 14, 2022 to share updates and take resident feedback about the Lower South Street Neighborhood Slow Streets project. During this conversation, we shared proposed changes to address safety concerns we heard for Murray Hill Road, Lindall Street, Basile Street, and Florence Street. View the meeting invite postcard. 

Watch the recording from April 14, 2022

English

Español
View the presentation

English

Español

We hosted virtual meetings on November 16, 2021, and November 17, 2021, to share updates about the Neighborhood Slow Streets project, including: 

  • streets where speed humps are feasible, and
  • design updates for a safer crossing on Florence Street  
  • design updates for a safer crossing at Archdale Road and South Street 
  • design updates for a safer crossing at Florence and Firth Road

We mailed a notification postcard to residents on all the streets within the zone about the meeting.  View the meeting invite postcard. 

Follow-up
Watch the recording from november 16

English

Español

View the presentation

English

Español

After the meeting, we also mailed two postcards sharing information from the meeting.  We mailed this postcard to all residents in the zone so they could learn about the information we shared.  View the postcards: 

On March 31, we hosted a virtual meeting. We advertised this meeting by sending postcards to residents of the zone and through our email list. 

At the meeting, we reviewed:

  • general information about the Neighborhood Slow Streets program
  • our work to date in collecting and reviewing residents' stories and concerns
  • The design process timeline 
  • ideas for three focus areas in the neighborhood.

View the March 2021 ideas for safer crossings:

Other materials: 

Download the presentation

Feedback Form

On October 20, we hosted a virtual meeting. The meeting was advertised via direct mail to residents of the zone and through our email list.

At the meeting, we reviewed:

  • the Neighborhood Slow Streets program, generally
  • the common tools we use to address safety concerns, and
  • common feedback we heard through our surveys, via phone or email, and at our in-person workshop.

Download the presentation

We held an outdoor workshop at the Healy Field on September 12. Residents dropped by to talk with us about their street safety and transportation concerns within the Slow Streets study area.

 

Lower South Street Pop-up

Lower South Street Pop-up

Lower South Street Pop-up Surveys

We start our design process by listening to residents' concerns. We asked people to share what they see happening on their streets and how they feel while out walking, bicycling, or driving. We use residents' stories and concerns to inform the design approach for the Slow Streets zone. 

In the Lower South Street Neighborhood Slow Streets zone, we solicited feedback via:

  • An online survey. Residents were able provide details and upload photos that describe their safety concerns. The survey was available in English, Haitian Creole, and Spanish. The survey was mobile-friendly.
  • A mailed survey. Residents could choose to download and print the survey and send it to us by mail or email. Here's what the survey looked like.

About the project

Project Information
Neighborhood Slow Streets focuses on improving safety on connected network of small, neighborhood streets. 
You can view our Street Planning and Design Glossary to learn more about how different street design tools improve safety.
Map of Project Area

Streets marked in blue are within project area.

A map that shows all the streets within the Lower South Neighborhood Slow Streets zone

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