January Program Day: Exploring Boston’s Neighborhoods

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Note: Class will be visiting neighborhoods between 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Location: The Class of 2020 will meet at YW Boston’s Kuumba Library

YW Boston, Kuumba Library, 2nd Floor

140 Clarendon St

Boston, MA 02116

Click here for directions to YW Boston


During our first program day, we will explore the city’s history and neighborhoods while beginning to build relationships among the cohort. Our objectives for the day are:

  • Become oriented to the city of Boston
  • Survey the strengths and needs of neighborhoods
  • Begin getting to know classmates
Program day description

During this program day, you will spend approximately four hours exploring a new neighborhood with a small group from the cohort. Dress according to the weather, as time will be spent outdoors.

Groups were assigned by LeadBoston staff, with the purpose of sending each individual to one of the neighborhoods with which they were the least familiar. We encourage you to coordinate transit with your group. 

Agenda – Download agenda
  • 8:30 AM – Continental breakfast available
  • 9:00 AM – Welcome & opening remarks
  • 9:30 AM – Changing Faces of Boston – Past, Present, & Future
    • Speakers:
      • Phillip Granberry – Senior Researcher & Demographer, City of Boston
      • Lauren Shurtleff – Deputy Director for Downtown and Neighborhood Planning, City of Boston
  • 10:30 AM – Neighborhood small group visits
  • 2:30 PM – Group report-back
  • 3:50 PM – Dialogue
  • 4:30 PM – Evaluations, Overnight Advance, & Closing Remarks

Please review the following readings in advance:

Data Gathering: Where in Boston do your colleagues live?


Phillip Granberry

Senior Researcher, Demography at Boston Planning and Development Agency

Phillip Granberry is a demographer with a specialization in international migration. He worked with various community-based organizations assisting recently arrived U.S. immigrants before earning a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a Senior Researcher in demography for the Boston Planning and Development Agency, where he produces demography analysis and population projections for Boston. He also teaches in the Economics Department at UMass Boston. He has published articles on the accumulation of social capital of Latino populations in the United States. 

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Lauren Shurtleff

Deputy Director for Downtown & Neighborhood Planning, Boston Planning & Development Agency

Lauren Shurtleff, the Deputy Director for Downtown and Neighborhood Planning: Lauren leads and coordinates the Downtown & Neighborhood Planning staff to produce plans, guidelines and policies appropriate to the planning issues in Boston’s many neighborhoods and Downtown. She guides and mentors staff to work collaboratively with community, business & institutional organizations on public planning processes associated with physical planning within Boston. Additionally, Lauren collaborates with BPDA Planning and Development Review staff as well as with City, State and other community agencies and organizations to facilitate the coordination of the public planning and development review processes relating to planning issues.

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