Insights into Action

As we move into the “Create” phase, we’re excited to think big about new directions for the BRA that align the organization around a shared purpose and guide its energy. At the same time, we’ve identified some implications that we feel are foundational to the BRA’s...

Demystifying Zoning: Q&A with the BRA

Zoning has come up repeatedly over the course of our learning. We heard that many parts of the zoning code in Boston have not been updated for some time, which means that nearly every proposed development project requires an exception (known as a “zoning variance”)....

Reflections from the Continuum Team

We’re wrapping up the learning phase for this project and we’ve covered quite a lot of ground: Over 80 conversations with BRA employees, Boston residents, members of the media, city employees, and neighborhood advocates (with a few still on our calendars in the coming...

Are we all NIMBYs?

NIMBY. It’s a term that’s thrown around a lot these days—especially in a city like Boston that’s experiencing so much growth—so it’s fascinating to pause and consider its real significance. Deferring to the Oxford English Dictionary for the best definition of NIMBY,...

Staff Workshops

We held workshops with a range of people within the BRA to dig deeper into how the organization functions and into how it works with its many stakeholders.   We heard some really meaningful and inspiring reasons why people work at the BRA (below):   But we...