July Member Lunch: The Emerald Network
The Emerald Network, an initiative of the Livable Streets Alliance, asks you to imagine one continuous greenway from the Neponset River to Franklin Park and up Columbia Road to Castle Island. Or from the Mystic River through Sullivan Square and Charlestown to downtown Boston.
The Emerald Network is a proposed continuous greenway, a 200-mile network of tree-lined, shared-use paths linked together so users don’t have to stop and start. When completed, this system will connect every neighborhood to open space, transit, and jobs and thereby increase mobility, promote active recreation, improve climate change resiliency and enhance our city’s competitiveness in the global economy.
Join us to hear from Nidhi Gulati, Program Manager for the Emerald Network and Matthew Kiefer, Board Member and Director at Goulston & Storrs.
Nidhi manages all aspects of the program, including advocacy, project oversight, and technical assistance.
Previously, Nidhi served as a project manager at Project for Public Spaces (PPS) in New York City. During her time at PPS, she worked in over 15 states and 5 countries on community-based placemaking projects, and spoke at several national and international conferences. Nidhi holds a Master of Science in Park and Community Planning from Texas A&M University in College Station, a Certificate in Principles and Practice of New Urbanism from University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Malaviya National Institute of Technology in Jaipur, India.
Real estate development and land use law is at the core of Matthew Kiefer’s practice at Goulston & Storrs. He has a particular focus on advancing complex urban projects through the process of obtaining site control and approvals from public agencies. These include market-oriented and affordable housing projects, commercial and mixed-use developments, and facilities and master plans for health care, educational, cultural and other non-profit institutions. Matthew also coordinates the firm’s Green Business practice.
Matthew has taught in the urban planning programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at MIT, and has written and spoken extensively on real estate and land use law and policy. He is active in historic preservation, public open space and land use planning, design and policy. Additionally, Matthew writes book reviews on land use planning, design and development for ArchitectureBoston, Harvard Design Magazine, Urban Land and other publications.