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BPDA launches neighborhood BINGO to help public learn about and participate in ongoing planning studies

Jul 01, 2020

The Boston Planning & Development Agency today launched “BPDA Neighborhood BINGO” to build on the agency’s ongoing planning and community engagement efforts. The BPDA has neighborhood planning studies underway across the city, where residents can help shape the future of their neighborhood. Each study is guided by Imagine Boston 2030, the first citywide master plan in over 50 years.

“The cornerstone of the BPDA’s work is community engagement, and while we are not able to meet with residents in person during this time we are still committed to meeting residents where they are and providing opportunities to become involved,” said Lauren Shurtleff, BPDA Interim Director of Planning and Deputy Director for Downtown & Neighborhood Planning. 

Currently, there are neighborhood planning studies underway in Charlestown, Downtown, Dorchester’s Glover’s Corner, East Boston, Mattapan, Newmarket, and Allston-Brighton’s Western Avenue. Since 2014, planning guidelines have been passed for PLAN: JP/Rox, PLAN: South Boston Dorchester Avenue and PLAN: Nubian Square, formerly known as PLAN: Dudley Square. In coordination with City staff, the BPDA is also conducting transportation studies such as the Allston-Brighton Mobility Study and South Boston Seaport Strategic Transit Plan, and neighborhood-level climate resiliency planning across the city.

Imagine Boston 2030 prioritizes inclusive growth and puts forth a comprehensive vision to boost quality of life, equity and resilience in every neighborhood across the City. In addition to individual neighborhood planning studies, there are a number of citywide planning initiatives currently underway looking at transportation, climate resilience and affordable housing.

The BPDA encourages residents to seek out the BINGO card items in their neighborhood while wearing a face covering and maintaining social and physical distancing. BINGO cards can be downloaded from the agency's website in English, Spanish, or Mandarin Chinese.

If you'd like to continue the discussion about what you want to see in your neighborhood, please contact BPDA Planning Assistant Naoise McDonnell at naoise.mcdonnell@boston.gov who can put you in touch with the appropriate planner for your neighborhood. 

BPDA Neighborhood BINGO Rules: 

  • Download your BINGO card in English, Spanish, or Mandarin Chinese
  • Let us know what neighborhood you live in by completing the “My Neighborhood” section. 
  • Wear a face covering and go on a socially distant walk, bike ride, or drive to find the BINGO card items in your neighborhood.
  • Cross off each item you see in your neighborhood.
  • The middle square with the BPDA logo is a designated “free space”. You get BINGO by crossing off 5 items in a row, in any direction. 
  • Once you get BINGO, take a picture of you and your BINGO card, post on social media using the hashtag #BPDABingo and tag us!
  • Make sure to wear a face covering when outside and always remain at least 6 feet away from others.

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