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As one of America’s oldest cities, Boston has long been a beacon for those who stand strong in the face of adversity.

From the first Freedom Fighters paving the way for American independence to our collective response in the face of terrorism. Our thriving city reflects the best of a diversifying country—home to a highly educated, multicultural, and skilled population, a healthy economy, a high-functioning government, and world-class universities and nonprofit institutions. And we are driven by the belief that all Bostonians, even our most vulnerable, can stand strong in the face of any challenge to live, work, raise families, and thrive in Boston throughout their lifetime.

Under Mayor Martin Walsh’s leadership, our city has already taken great strides in addressing some of our most intractable challenges—from issuing Boston’s first comprehensive citywide plan in more than 50 years, Imagine Boston 2030, to developing an action plan for carbon neutrality. Now, with Boston’s first Resilience Strategy, the City is advancing a comprehensive action roadmap that builds upon these and other efforts to ensure that integrated solutions maximize benefits for all Bostonians.

In Boston, achieving citywide resilience means addressing racial equity along with the physical, environmental, and economic threats facing our city. We are developing robust systems and policies that ensure that we all rise together and leave no one behind. Only when every resident is able to reach their full potential, regardless of their background, will we be a truly resilient city.

01 Reflective City, Stronger People A Boston that reflects upon its history and confronts present realities of racism and during emergencies

02 Collaborative, Proactive Governance Inclusive, collaborative government that offers residents a meaningful role in decision-making & facilitates cross-departmental partnership.

03 Equitable Economic Opportunity Access to economic and social pathways that support closing the wealth gap to ensure quality of life is not determined by race or ethnicity.

04 Connected, Adaptive City Increased connectivity of communities of color, while adequately preparing for threats to infrastructure used by all Bostonians.

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A Boston that reflects upon its history and confronts present realities of racism and during emergencies

We envision a city where our government leads by example to proactively institutionalize racial equity within its programs and policies, while encouraging other organizations to do the same; where Bostonians engage with each other to heal and strengthen our connections; and where communities are trained and equipped to support each other and partner with government, businesses, and community organizations in the face of shocks and stresses.

Goal 1: Acknowledge the damage that systemic racism continues to inflict on our communities and develop deliberate institutional approaches to achieve and sustain racial equity in Boston policies, practices, and culture.

Goal 2: Facilitate an open, ongoing dialogue for healing, learning, and action to address racism and strengthen social cohesion in communities.

Goal 3: Advance the ongoing development of community training for healing, well-being, and preparedness in the face of chronic stresses and traumatic events.

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Inclusive, collaborative government that offers residents a meaningful role in decision-making & facilitates cross-departmental partnership.

We envision a city that prioritizes community-led processes and community partnerships, where City services are delivered equitably to people and communities, and City government reflects the diverse culture and people it serves.

Goal 1: Ensure employment equity and better serve all Bostonians by increasing the representation of the city’s diverse population in City government.

Goal 2: Enhance decision-making capacity in City government by bringing together our residents’ and our government representatives’ knowledge and skills to better develop policies, practices, and processes.

Goal 3: Improve the collaboration, evaluation, and delivery of City services to better meet the needs of all Boston residents.

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Access to economic and social pathways that support closing the wealth gap to ensure quality of life is not determined by race or ethnicity.

We envision a city in which intergenerational wealth-building opportunities are accessible to every Bostonian, no family lives in perpetual fear of displacement, and all children benefit from educational opportunities that prepare them for postsecondary education and careers.

Goal 1: Increase access to good-paying jobs, entrepreneurial opportunities, and asset-building strategies.

Goal 2: Ensure safe, affordable, stable housing for all Bostonians.

Goal 3: Enhance digital equity by increasing access to technology tools, computers, and the internet.

Goal 4: Prioritize equitable education opportunities to close the gap for young people of color.

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Increased connectivity of communities of color, while adequately preparing for threats to infrastructure used by all Bostonians.

We envision a Boston where all residents are connected to each other and to their city through resilient infrastructure and systems that meet the needs of all families. These connected communities will be prepared for and can adapt to the urgent threat of climate change.

Goal 1: Develop a redundant and reliable public transportation network to provide equitable accessibility for all Bostonians.

Goal 2: Prepare for the impacts of climate change and other threats while accelerating sustainable infrastructure, environment, and communities.

Goal 3: Improve the collaboration of partners working in Boston communities to address climate change and other emergencies.

Our Resilience Team

  • Dr. S. Atyia Martin

    CEM, Chief Resilience Officer

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