Category: City Planning & Urban Affairs

Alumni Book Profiled on PBS

June 25th, 2015 in Alumni News, City Planning & Urban Affairs, Featured News Post, MET News

Old Earth by Gary GrossmanIn June, Metropolitan College Dean’s Advisory Board member Gary Grossman (MET’75), a graduate of MET’s Urban Affairs program, discussed his new thriller Old Earth on the multiple Emmy Award-winning PBS series Between the Lines with Barry Kibrick.

Old Earth was also featured on Kibrick’s June 19 blog entry “Truth Through Fiction.”

Source: 06.19.15

MET Students Assist Quincy with Coastal Protection Plan

April 30th, 2015 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Featured News Post, MET News, Programs

City Planning and Urban Affairs

BU Today has reported on the Boston Urban Symposium, the capstone course for students of MET’s City Planning and Urban Affairs master’s programs. This year students collaborated with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the City of Quincy to help the city plan for climate change. Their project was also covered in the Quincy Sun and Patriot Ledger.

Read more in BU Today.

Planning for Urban Resilience: Housing and Education for Vulnerable Communities

February 25th, 2015 in Academic Events, City Planning & Urban Affairs, MET News


With Dr. Shomon Shamsuddin

Thursday, February 26 at 2:30 PM
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 264 (Lab 1)

Shomon Shamsuddin is a National Poverty Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His research explores how institutions define social problems and develop policies to address urban inequality. His work focuses on: 1) the socioeconomic effects of affordable housing programs, and 2) barriers to educational attainment for underserved communities. He has designed and built affordable housing with community development corporations; managed housing programs at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development; and analyzed policy and legislation at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Policy and Planning from MIT, M. Arch. from Yale University, and Sc.B. in Neuroscience from Brown University.

MET’s Regan Explains Why the T Broke and How to Fix It

February 20th, 2015 in BU Today Features, City Planning & Urban Affairs, Featured News Post, MET News


Back in 2007, Terrance Regan, a MET adjunct professor of city planning and urban affairs, wrote a report for the Massachusetts Transportation Finance Commission on the precarious condition of the state’s public transit system. Today, he’s using the current snow-related breakdowns in the Green Line and other MBTA services as a prime teaching moment. Read this urban transit expert’s honest opinions in BU Today.

Read “What if the Green Line Actually Worked?” »

Master of Urban Affairs Graduate Receives City’s Public Service Award

October 15th, 2014 in Alumni News, City Planning & Urban Affairs, MET News


Master of Urban Affairs alum Dion Irish (MET’07), who serves as executive director of Boston’s Office of Fair Housing and Equity, received a Henry L. Shattuck Public Service Award from the Boston Municipal Research Bureau. The annual award celebrates the city’s most dedicated workers, such as Irish, who was recognized for developing and managing numerous collaborative programs with other city offices.

Irish was one of nine city employees and two “City Champions”—and one of two MET alumni, along with Annie Wilcox —honored at the awards ceremony on October 14, 2014, at the Seaport World Trade Center. Read more in the Boston Globe or the Boston Herald.

MET’s Enrique Silva Helps Organize BU Pardee Event

April 29th, 2014 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Discussions, Enrique Silva, Featured News Post, MET News

14-7687-LONGERRAN-107-e1397754845809Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Latin American Studies Program, and Initiative on Cities co-sponsored the event “Latin American Urban Experiences: Crisis, Creativity, and Renewal.” Held on April 19, 2014, and organized by Pardee Faculty Fellows Susan Eckstein and Enrique Silva—who is also assistant professor of city planning and urban affairs at MET—the event featured faculty and student panel presentations on life in Latin American cities. Using highway development in Chile as an example, Silva spoke about the ways strategic city planning impacts life in large urban areas. The event concluded with comments from former Boston mayor Thomas Menino, who now serves as co-director of BU’s Initiative on Cities.

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MET Professors Coauthor BU Today Article

April 28th, 2014 in BU Today Features, City Planning & Urban Affairs, Enrique Silva, Eugene Benson, Faculty News, Featured News Post, MET News


In “POV: Memo to Boston’s Mayor on How to Fight Inequality,” two Metropolitan College faculty members examine how Mayor Marty Walsh can keep his promises to fight inequality in Boston. Enrique R. Silva, assistant professor city planning and urban affairs, and Eugene B. Benson, adjunct professor of city planning and urban affairs at MET and adjunct clinical assistant professor of environmental health at BU’s School of Public Health, examine the mayor’s policies: “There is a lot riding on Marty Walsh’s first term as mayor of Boston…As we look to him for leadership on this dark cloud hanging over an otherwise shining city, the question that needs to be asked is whether the new mayor has the power to reduce inequities in Boston.”

Read the entire article on BU Today.

City Planning and Urban Affairs Students Plan a Sustainable Future

February 4th, 2014 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Enrique Silva, Faculty News, MET News

Enrique SilvaAssistant Professor of City Planning and Urban Affairs Enrique Silva led a graduate-level seminar called the Boston Urban Symposium in the spring of 2012. This course included collecting and analyzing background and demographic research, site feasibility and design, and writing grant and financing proposals—but the main objective of the course was to make a real difference in an economically distressed local neighborhood.

Partnering with the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (CSNDC), the Symposium put forth a proposal for a future site that focused heavily on the use and benefits of urban agriculture. By the end of the spring 2012 semester, this proposal included a new community-friendly space, raised gardening beds, a tot lot, and a building to house classrooms and demonstration kitchens.

Concrete action has already taken place—on January 18th, the CSNDC along with Fairmount Indigo Corridor Collaborative, hosted the “Design Charette for the Oasis on Ballou Avenue,” in which several elements of the Symposium proposal were discussed.

Read the whole story at BostInno

Enrique Silva Quoted on WBZ News Radio

November 19th, 2013 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Enrique Silva, Faculty News, MET News

silvaAssistant Professor of Urban Affairs and City Planning Enrique Silva was quoted in “Going No where in Boston Traffic: Winding Streets and the Big Dig,” on WBZ News Radio 1030,
November 18.  Read more

MET’s Enrique Silva quoted in BU Today on Menino’s new post

November 14th, 2013 in Alumni News, BU Today Features, City Planning & Urban Affairs, Enrique Silva, Faculty News, MET News, Programs


As reported in BU Today, outgoing Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino (Hon.’01) will join BU in February as codirector of the University’s new Initiative on Cities (IoC). MET Assistant Professor of City Planning and Urban Affairs Enrique Silva was quoted in the article, referring to the IoC as a “very bold and sophisticated” initiative.

Read more: BU Today