Great Neighborhoods & LivableStreets join forces
Today, we’d like to share some big news.
We are excited to announce that, as of July 1, 2020 Great Neighborhoods will have a new home at LivableStreets Alliance. This partnership will enable Great Neighborhoods to leverage LivableStreets’ deep expertise in transportation activism while continuing to provide support to activists who care about walkable and affordable places to live, work, and raise families.
Back in 2010, The Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance launched the Great Neighborhoods to improve communities across Massachusetts by transforming the way people work together to achieve better development. We demonstrated that diverse community partners could come together to implement a positive, long-term vision instead of the usual toxic local politics dominated by NIMBYism. This success helped inspire other place-based initiatives in the Commonwealth and led us to share this work more broadly.
In the last five years, Great Neighborhoods evolved into a backbone organization for fostering and supporting local grassroots groups, as well as a digital platform supporting a statewide network of activists who recognize the importance of amplifying home affordability and racial justice across Massachusetts. With LivableStreets focused on mobilizing transportation leaders across the region, we see this as the perfect opportunity to expand our reach and create a larger and more meaningful impact together. We’re accepting change with open arms and are thrilled about the opportunities that lie in front of us.
Anabelle Rondon will be moving over to LivableStreets to lead Great Neighborhoods with Andre Leroux will join the initiative’s Steering Committee. Anabelle will also continue to coordinate the Planners of Color network efforts along with the RaceTalk Brown Bags.
We’re filled with gratitude for your support over the years. We are excited to establish a vision for a more efficient relationship between housing and transportation change and make our communities better places to live, work, and raise families. Our new team looks forward to continuing working with you to build the next chapter of our work together. Stay tuned and be sure to follow us on our new adventure.
To learn more about the merger, visit the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance’s transition letter.
Our kindest regards,
Anabelle Rondon - Great Neighborhoods Network Director
Andre Leroux - MSGA Executive Director
Stacy Thompson - LivableStreets Executive Director