Building Bridges Between BU and Cities

We build bridges between BU and cities in Greater Boston. MetroBridge is a new BU program that empowers students across the university to tackle urban issues, and at the same time, helps city leaders confront key challenges.

MetroBridge connects with local governments to understand their priorities, and then collaborates with BU faculty to translate each city’s unique needs into course projects. Students in undergrad and graduate classes engage in city projects as class assignments while working directly with local government leaders during the semester.

The goal of MetroBridge is to mutually benefit both the BU community and local governments by expanding access to experiential learning and by providing tailored support to under-resourced cities. Read more about MetroBridge in BU Today.

Information for Cities
Cities and towns can learn more here about how to become a MetroBridge partner.

Information for Faculty
BU faculty and staff can find more information here about how to lead a MetroBridge project.

Current MetroBridge Projects

Chelsea, MA
Exploring Homelessness and Housing Insecurity
Using Open Data for Cross-City Comparisons on Key Metrics
Developing a Real-Time Budget Impact and Quality-of-Life Dashboard
Analyzing Trends in Gentrification and Displacement

Everett, MA
Reducing Car Dependency and Promoting Alternate Transit Options

Milton, MA
Surveying Residents’ Experiences with Airplane Noise

New Bedford, MA
Planning Studio in the Quest Center District

Providence, RI
Designing a Community Feedback Survey on City Service Delivery

Quincy, MA
Enhancing the City Budget Website

Watertown, MA
Exploring the Local Regulation of Homeshare Rentals

Winthrop, MA
Innovating Solutions to Public Health Priorities

Full MetroBridge project descriptions are available here.

Contact Us

Emily Robbins
MetroBridge Program Manager | 617-358-8084

Prof. David Glick
MetroBridge Faculty Director | 617-358-8084