From Structural Racism to Wetland Resiliency: 2020 Field Projects Recap

UEP’s Spring 2020 Field Projects cohort encountered a semester unlike any other. Despite the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, accompanying health risks, and a sudden shift to remote everything, the nine teams produced quality research on policy and planning issues across Massachusetts.

In order to help celebrate the achievements of a diverse group–including part-time, first, and second-year students across multiple UEP majors–we’ve decided to share their virtual presentations below. Teams are listed based on the day on which they presented in late April.

For a deep dive into any of the below topics, this year’s Field Projects reports can be viewed and downloaded here.

Partner: LivableStreets Alliance

“What Counts in Mobility: Improving Planning Tools for a Multi-Modal Future” was presented by Yingran Li, Sarah Saydun, Andrew Schloss, Hoai Tran, and Jess Wilson.

Partner: Town of Winthrop, MA

Patrick Higgins, Alisha Patel, Ethan Pepin, and Adrian Tanner presented “Four Centuries Young: The Case for a Planning Department in Winthrop.”

Partner: Town of Canton, MA

Maya Clifford, Drew Merrill, Victoria Stern, Katie Swan, and Yue Wang worked to produce “A Fairway Forward: Golf Course Conversions in Canton, Massachusetts.”

Partner: Union of Concerned Scientists

“MassRoutes: Developing a GIS-Based Screening Tool for Equity Centered Clean Transportation Investments in Massachusetts” was a collaboration among Rachel Bowers, Nilakshi Chatterji, Alexandra Hiple, Ellie Lochhead, and Luyi (Lucy) Xu.

Partner: Mass in Motion

Elizabeth Marsh, Anisha Nazareth, Jordyn Saviet, and Megan Schultz presented on the topic “A Review of Structural Racism and the Built Environment in Massachusetts.”

The Mass in Motion team’s video has not yet been uploaded, but their full report can be viewed here.

Partner: Great Marsh Partnership

Alex Duprey, Laurent Frapaise, Danielle Jameson, Annaliese Keimel, and Liz Rickley worked together on “Mucking Around the Marsh: Resiliency Techniques and Recommendations for Marshland Management.”

Partner: Community Labor United

Bailey Hu, Molly Kaviar, Ginger Leib, and Peiyao Wang collaborated to produce “Cracking the Code: How Boston is Trying to Address Child Care Through Zoning.”

Partner: Somerville Community Corporation

“Green Jobs for Green Homes: Job Training for Building Retrofits in Somerville” was produced by Julia Dougherty, Becky Eidelman, Carmiya Gale, Meghan Tenhoff, and Katy Wassam.

Partner: Town of Norton, MA

Ella Brady, Elizabeth Ellis, Greg Hanafin, and Andrew Taylor worked together on “Reed & Barton Reimagined: Exploring the Redevelopment Potential of a Former Industrial Site in Norton, Massachusetts.”

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