Virtual tool puts residents in the planning process
Too often, the neighborhood planning process turns into an us-versus-them face-off between developers and residents.
But two local educators are hoping to change that by inviting Bostonians into the virtual world of HUB2, a 3-D online depiction of Boston in which the public can help design the neighborhoods where they live, work and play.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority is in talks with Emerson College assistant professor Eric Gordon and Gene Koo, a fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, to set up a pilot program to enable residents to help shape an aspect of Harvard University’s proposed massive development in Allston.
The HUB2 team is proposing bringing its virtual Boston to Allston, where residents would work with Harvard to develop a city park.
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