The Allston-Brighton Needs Assessment

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is pleased to share with you the Allston-Brighton Needs Assessment Report which was adopted by the BPDA Board on January 18, 2024. This Report is the result of ten months of research and engagement in uplifting and assessing the community’s assets and needs across the neighborhoods of Allston and Brighton. The Needs Assessment began as a community request put forward by the Harvard Allston Task Force, and involved deep engagement with community members, community-based organizations, institutions, and City of Boston service providers. Documented within are the results of analyzing thousands of generously offered comments, hours of comprehensive interviews, and survey-informed research describing the rich spatial, planning, and demographic characteristics of Allston-Brighton.

A text version of the document is available for enhanced visual accessibility and searchability. 

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Allston-Brighton Needs Assessment Materials

Project Conclusion Community Meeting
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 | 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center
123 Antwerp Street
Allston, MA 02134

Presentation | Presentación (Spanish Presentation) | 演示 (Simplified Chinese Presentation) | 演示 (Traditional Chinese Presentation)Recording | Event Flyer


Community Walk
Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 3:00 PM–5:00 PM

Beginning at Packard's Corner
(Brighton Avenue / Malverne Street Intersection)
Allston, MA 02134

Please note: due to weather this walk, originally scheduled for Saturday, September 23, has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 30, 2023.

Walk RouteEnglish Flyer | Spanish Flyer | Simplified Chinese Flyer | Traditional Chinese Flyer

Join the AURA team for a community walk through the neighborhood as part of the ongoing Allston-Brighton Needs Assessment. We want to hear from community-based organizations and locals about what is important to them in the neighborhood, what needs improvement, and how Allston and Brighton can better serve the people who live, work and play here.

The walk will commence at the Brighton Avenue / Malverne Street intersection in front of the Super88 Market in Packard's Corner at 3:00 PM. The walk will be an organic route, but you can view the general route here.


Community Event
Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

Fields West Bar
87 Glenville Avenue
Allston, MA 02134

Please note: this event, originally scheduled for Saturday, September 23, has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 30, 2023.

English Flyer | Spanish Flyer | Simplified Chinese Flyer | Traditional Chinese Flyer

Join us at the at the Fields West Bar to learn more about the ongoing Allston-Brighton Needs Assessment. Have your voice heard as part of the community-wide survey, and enjoy the free community event.


Virtual Drop-In Hours
September 27, 2023

The Boston Planning & Development Agency hosted a virtual drop-in session about the Allston-Brighton Needs Assessment on Wednesday, September 27 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM. Staff and interpreters were available to answer questions about the project and the survey with a brief presentation at 6:00 PM.

Presentation | Presentación | 演示 | 演示 | Multilingual Presentation Recording


Community Event
NEW DATE: Monday, September 18, 2023 | 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center
123 Antwerp Street
Allston, MA 02134

Join us at the Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center to learn more about the ongoing Allston-Brighton Needs Assessment. Have your voice heard as part of the community-wide survey, and enjoy the free community event.


Community Event
Sunday, September 3, 2023 | 1:00 PM–4:00 PM

The Presentation School Foundation Community Center
640 Washington Street
Brighton, MA 02135

English-Spanish Flyer | Simplified and Traditional Chinese Flyer

Join us at the Presentation School Foundation Community Center to learn more about the ongoing Allston-Brighton Needs Assessment. Have your voice heard as part of the community-wide survey, and enjoy the free community event. There will be food, a raffle, and family fun activities!


Community Kick-off Event
August 9, 2023

18R Shepard Street, Brighton

The Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation hosted the in-person Allston-Brighton Needs Assessment Community Kick-off event. In this event, community members learned more about the A-B Needs Assessment effort and engaged with community ambassadors and the AURA team. Below you can find a copy of the presentation and a recording of the staff presentation:

Presentation | Presentación | 演示 | 演示 | Презентация | Apresentação | Recording

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Meet the Team

The Allston Brighton Needs Assessment Report RFP emerged as part of the Harvard University Enterprise Research Campus (ERC) improvement package. The Harvard Allston Task Force explicitly requested an Allston-Brighton Community Needs Assessment to identify community needs and to ask the following questions:

  • Where are the services lacking?
  • What infrastructure needs repair and improvement?
  • Why are people hurting?

What is the Allston-Brighton Needs Assessment looking to accomplish?

  1. Prepare for the coming Allston-Brighton Neighborhood Plan.
  2. Empower the community to make modifications or community benefits requests from development projects.
  3. Provide other city agencies and local non-profits with analysis to inform their future decision-making.

The team conducting the needs assessment is the AURA team. AURA is an acronym for the four organizations working on completing the needs assessment:

  • A - Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation
  • U - Utile Design
  • R - Rivera Consulting Inc.
  • A - Archipelago Strategies Group (ASG)

Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation

Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation logoWith over four decades working exclusively within the unique targeted neighborhoods, the Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation (ABCDC) has served thousands of residents and built networks of trust and collaboration with a multitude of service providers and community groups who share our mission to build a stronger, more stable community. ABCDC has a proven track record of supporting the interests and ensuring the engagement of Allston Brighton’s diverse communities, institutions, individuals, and families of all incomes. To leverage the reputation and intimate local knowledge this experience has created, ABCDC will act as a convenor, collaborating with local organizations to drive effective outreach and facilitate community power sharing.

Utile Design

Utile Design logoUtile is a planning and architecture firm that is built like a think tank. With well-researched, specific design methodologies, Utile offers original and effective solutions that integrate existing conditions into a meaningful urban realm. With familiarity with the Article 80 process and the changing dynamics, Utile has provided planning and design knowledge throughout the Enterprise Research Campus process and will ‘hit the ground running’ with neighborhood-specific and analytic knowledge to make informed recommendations. Through BCYF siting studies in Allston/Brighton; ongoing work on the Allston Campus projects; Imagine Boston; PLAN: Newmarket; and other efforts, Utile is very familiar with the zoning, land use, housing, and other topical recommendations the BPDA hopes to clarify. Acting as technical experts, Utile will provide qualitative and quantitative planning-specific expertise.

Rivera Consulting Inc.

Rivera Consulting Inc. logoRivera is a Boston-based management and strategy consulting firm committed to planting the seeds for equity and just sustainability. Established in 2015, Rivera is a diverse set of multi-disciplinary practitioners who work at the intersection of planning, engagement, and equity. Rivera is a certified minority-, woman-, and LGBTQ-owned business led by organizational development, urban planning, equity research, and social justice professionals. The cornerstone of our work—deep democracy—is both a value and a methodology that centers on those often left out of the public commons. Rivera will pose as equity advisors and strategists for all tasks to shape the development and implementation of our mixed-method approach.

Archipelago Strategies Group (ASG)

Archipelago Strategies Group (ASG) logoASG is a full-service agency based in Boston, founded in 2013 with a vision of “marketing with purpose.” ASG campaigns are incredibly data-informed, with research that directly informs our multilingual community engagement and integrated marketing strategies. Our approach has proven successful for a wide range of more than 200 clients throughout Massachusetts, nationally, and internationally. As a certified minority-, woman-, and LGBTQ-owned business enterprise, ASG has produced award-winning campaigns that build trust, influence behavior, and create collaborative action. Over 60% of our staff is multilingual, and ASG collaborates with stakeholders to produce regional and hyperlocal campaigns in over 11 languages.

Events in Allston-Brighton

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Beacon Park Yard Plan - Big Ideas Public Forum 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

NEIGHBORHOOD: Allston, Brighton

LOCATION:

Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center
123 Antwerp Street
Brighton, MA 02135

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Beacon Park Yard Plan - Big Ideas Virtual Public Forum 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

NEIGHBORHOOD: Allston, Brighton

LOCATION:

Virtual meeting

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Share Your Thoughts

We want to hear from you! All questions, comments and ideas are welcome. Comments are received and reviewed by members of the Allston-Brighton Needs Assessment team.

To submit a comment in a language besides English, please email [email protected].
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