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Pedestrain Friendly Avenue of the Arts
Description

Fenway Alliance is a small non-profit organization representing 22 art, culture and academic institutions that advocate making the Fenway Cultural District walkable, beautiful and accessible. The district is home to several world-renowned academic, cultural and religious institutions, which play a crucial role in the vitality and civic life in Boston. Two major thoroughfares create traffic patterns which were not conducive to pedestrian and bicycle safety. The Alliance successfully overcame barriers to active living by improving the walkability and aesthetics of the district.

Renovation of Huntington Ave/Avenue of the Arts was among the projects that the Alliance has been actively involved in organizing, overseeing and serving as watchdog. The project included pedestrian enhancements to the major roadway such as widening sidewalks, adding stop signs, massive planting of trees, installing lights, public art and street furniture. The Alliance regularly attended construction meetings and team meetings to ensure progress and ongoing funding. Their advocacy efforts were instrumental in securing state and federal funding to implement the changes along Huntington Ave/Avenue of the Arts. As of spring 2005, the project is near completion and the Alliance will focus their outreach efforts to increase pedestrian traffic and public use of the Fenway Cultural district.



Goal

Improve pedestrian access to District