The social and physical environments we live in can make us thrive and make us sick. The ABCD Neighborhood Design Seminars examine the built-environment surrounding some of our most vulnerable residents and looks for ways in which we might rethink key elements—construction, streetscape, land use, and more—to the betterment of community health.

Join Us To Help Ask the Tough Questions...

  • Which design strategies facilitate positive health outcomes in poor communities
  • If we were to rebuild our communities using good design principles, how would we keep them affordable and accessible to those living in poverty?
  • Are there downsides to Smart Growth for poor neighborhoods?

​...and leave with answers that lead to action!

Tuesday April 4, 2017
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
ABCD Melnea Cass Room, 3rd Fl
178 Tremont Street, Downtown Boston
(Light refreshments 2:30 p.m.)


Please click here for full bios of the panelists. 

Doug Brugge, PhD, MS
Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Verdette Gavin, MPH, MPA
Director of Research and Partnerships, Conservation Law Foundation
Monica Valdes Lupi, JD, MPH
Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission

Seminar Packet

The following items will be included in the packet materials:

Additional Resources

Will be updated as resources become available. 

Also mark your calendars for the next two installments of the neighborhood design series!

Block by Block: Urban Renewal and Neighborhood Re-Design

Thursday, May 12, 2017 3:00 – 5:00 PM, ABCD

Fixing the Design: Smart Growth and Transit-Oriented Development

Thursday, June 29, 2017 3:00 – 5:00 PM, ABCD