Public Program Transforming Boston: From Basket Case to Innovation Hub Program 2—Connecting the Communities Back to the City, 1960–1990 28 October 2015.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There is a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Langley Keyes, Paul Chan, Ann Hershfang, and Karilyn Crockett - Moderator: Rep. Byron Rushing $10 fee (no charge for MHS, BARI, or Rappaport Fellows or Members)

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In the 1970s and 1980s, business in Boston began to improve. Yet, many of the neighborhoods continued to struggle. New development strategies worked to bring neighborhoods into the planning process and deals with developers helped to give some of the benefits of these projects to the impacted residents. However, the benefits of were not shared equally. Increased wealth led to higher prices in some areas while social and racial strife depressed values in others.

Langley Keyes, MIT
Paul Chan, MHIC
Ann Hershfang, WalkBoston
Karilyn Crockett, City of Boston

Moderator: Rep. Byron Rushing, Massachusetts House of Representatives


We are grateful to our underwriter The Architectural Heritage Foundation (AHF) and our contributors The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) for helping to make these programs possible.

  • The Architectural Heritage Foundation is thrilled to be invited to contribute to MHS’s efforts to understand this critical period of transformation in Boston’s recent past and in particular is providing this support in acknowledgment of the efforts and commitment of its founder, Roger Webb, to the great city of Boston and to helping to turn it around by helping to preserve and save some of the City's most enduring architectural icons.

Non-Profit Partners: 
Boston Architectural College
Architectural Studies Program of the History of Art and Architecture Department at Boston University
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
University of Massachusetts Boston