2013 Massachusetts Smart Growth Conference

Smart Growth and Placemaking Projects Highlighted

The display boards highlighting smart growth developments and planning initiatives from across the Commonwealth — as well as projects to improve public spaces and create parklets — are now online:

Photo Gallery

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More photos on Flickr. (Thanks to Jean Hangarter Photography.)

Video Gallery

Executive Director Andre Leroux speaks about the smart growth achievements to mark the 10th anniversary of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance.


Gov. Deval Patrick discusses smart growth efforts in the Commonwealth during his tenure and goals for the future.


MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones moderates a “front porch” discussion, The Future of our Communities, featuring:

  • Sec. Greg Bialecki, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
  • Barry Bluestone, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University
  • Elizabeth Kneebone, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution
  • Alexie Torres-Fleming, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice


Afternoon keynote

Author Dr. Manuel Pastor presents the concluding plenary, “Doing Good and Doing Well: Why Equity Matters for Sustaining Prosperity in a Changing America.”

Download Dr. Pastor’s presentation slides (PDF).

Introduction by Lisa Davis, Ford Foundation. Followed by discussion with Marc Draisen, Executive Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council.


Panel Sessions

Housing Trends and Innovations: Where Will Everyone Go?

  • Rachel G. Bratt (moderator), Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Arthur Jemison, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development [presentation]
  • Dan Hodge, ‎UMass Donahue Institute [presentation]
  • Larissa Brown, Goody Clancy [presentation]

Great Neighborhoods: Placemaking Stories and Successes

  • New Directions Collaborative (Facilitator)
  • Jason Boyd, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Catherine Ryan, Gloucester HarborWalk, the Harbortown Cultural District, and the Gloucester Committee for the Arts [presentation]
  • Betsy Ware, Town of Winchester [presentation]

Bringing Back Main Street: Beyond Business Improvement Districts

  • Marco Li Mandri, New City America [presentation]
  • Theresa Park, City of Lowell, Department of Economic Development
  • Elisa Scully, Downtown Taunton
  • Mary Vilbon, Shelburne Falls Partnership
  • Richard Thal, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation

Water Management as a Smart Growth Tool

  • Nancy Goodman, Environmental League of Massachusetts (moderator)
  • Rosemary Monahan, EPA New England (moderator)
  • Scott Horsley, Horsley Witten Group [presentation]
  • Vandana M. Rao, Ph.D., Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Robert Zimmerman, Charles River Watershed Association

Improving Transportation Without Megaprojects: Walking, Biking and Transit

  • Mark Chase, Tufts University Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Peter Furth, Northeastern University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Steven Miller, Livable Streets Alliance [presentation]
  • Angela Kelly, Madison Park Development Corporation [presentation]

The Elephant in the Room: Race, Development, and Welcoming Communities

  • David Harris, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard University (moderator)
  • Barbara Chandler, Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership
  • Jennifer Sien Erickson, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Dion Irish, City of Boston Office of Civil Rights
  • Mickey Northcutt, North Shore Community Development Coalition
  • Amy Retsinas Romero, Community Legal Aid

New America Dream: Not Just the Single-Family Home

  • Brenda Clement, Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (moderator)
  • Eli Spevak, Orange Splot LLC [presentation]
  • Iram Farooq, City of Cambridge
  • Chrystal Kornegay, Urban Edge Housing Corporation
  • Madeline Nash, Coalition for a Better Acre [presentation]
  • Laura Fitch, Kraus Fitch Architects [presentation]
  • Dan Gainsboro, Genesis Planners, Inc. [presentation]

Placemaking and network organizing: Making Great Neighborhoods in your community

  • New Directions Collaborative (Facilitator)
  • Ina Anderson, MA Smart Growth Alliance [presentation]
  • Danny LeBlanc, Somerville Community Corporation [presentation]
  • Jess Andors, Lawrence CommunityWorks [presentation]
  • Mark Matel, ‎Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation [presentation]

Market-Driven Smart Growth: Barriers and Successes.

  • Chris Leinberger, LOCUS, Smart Growth America
  • Don Briggs, Federal Realty Investment Trust
  • Chryse Gibson, Oaktree Development
  • David Perry, Hines Interest

Creative partnerships to solve transportation challenges

  • Stephanie Pollack, Dukakis Center, Northeastern University (moderator)
  • Katherine Freund, ITNAmerica
  • Richard A. Dimino, A Better City
  • Hayes Morrison, City of Somerville
  • Dan Curtin, Zipcar

We are what we build: The rise of public health in reshaping our communities

  • Wendy Landman, WalkBoston
  • Melissa Dimond, MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center
  • Ben Wood , Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division of Prevention and Wellness
  • Karen Voci, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
  • Travis McCready, The Boston Foundation
  • Barbara Fields, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Boston Regional Office

Mixed-income communities: The grail of community development

  • Elizabeth Kneebone, The Brookings Institution
  • Tim Reardon, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Ben Forman, MassInc
  • Jay Ash, City of Chelsea
  • David Wluka, Massachusetts Association of Realtors
  • Josephine McNeil, Citizens for Affordable Housing in Newton Development Organization