WalkUP Roslindale is made up of residents who live, work, or simply care about Roslindale and intend to make it the most pedestrian-friendly neighborhood in the city of Boston. Regardless of how else we get around, everyone walks (or, similarly, uses a wheelchair). We envision Roslindale as a safe, pleasant, and beautiful place to walk, gather, and interact, for the young, old, and everyone in between. The approach to improving the human environment is comprehensive and holistic: development, design, infrastructure, culture, social norms, and law enforcement. Although our starting point is people on their feet, we will work with allies to improve the neighborhood for bikes, other non-motorized forms of transportation, as well as mass transit.
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Our group’s name in inspired by a set of studies about the value attached to “Walkable Urban Places” or “WalkUPs.” To paraphrase Leinberger’s March 2015 report on WalkUPs in the Boston region, a “Walkable Urban Place” is a place characterized by
- Relatively high intensity of development with
- Multiple and vertically/horizontally mixed uses (housing, office, retail, recreation, education, etc.) located in close proximity to one another,
- Employing multiple modes of transportation (walking, bicycling, transit, and automobiles) that get people and goods to the place, and
- Walkability once you’re there.
In other words, Roslindale Square and the neighborhood that surrounds it.
Between the Walsh Administration’s Vision Zero project and its recent housing report predicting 70,000 new residents needing 53,000 new housing units of all kinds by 2030 and the increasing concentration of new development of all kinds in WalkUPs that Leinberger is forecasting, we are going to see real growth and significant development pressure in Roslindale in the next decade and a half.
WalkUP Roslindale seeks to be a gathering place for those who welcome this new wave of development but know that it has to be done right so that our neighborhood becomes even more livable. Thanks for stopping in!