Congrats to Boston, Mass for being recognized as a holistic and forward-looking city on the global stage. According to the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize (named for Singapore’s founding father and former Prime Minister), Boston shares Special Mention honors along with Antwerp, Belgium and Lisbon, Portugal. The top Prize Laureate was awarded to Vienna, Austria this cycle, which occurs every two years and celebrates climate resilience, inclusionary growth, and sustainability for future generations.
The World City Prize Committee is tasked with sharing best practices and cost-effective sustainable urban development solutions that might be easily replicated in other cities worldwide. The Committee was most impressed with Boston’s programs including Imagine Boston 2030 (Boston’s first citywide plan in over 50 years), Climate Ready Boston, Resilient Boston Harbor, and the redeveloped Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Nubian Square. The Committee also recognized The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway (AKA “The Big Dig”) as a successful implementation of urban redevelopment integrating an effective transportation artery with public park space above hosting millions of visitors (and commuters below) every year.
Learn more about Boston’s prestigious award from the Boston Planning & Development Agency. whose Director Brian Golden shared:
“We are honored that the Lee Kuan Yew Prize Committee has selected Boston for this prestigious ranking, based on important work the BPDA has led on waterfront resiliency, housing affordability, mobility solutions, and civic engagement. These are the priorities we focus on every day to build a better future for all Boston residents, and it is a privilege to be acknowledged alongside other innovative global cities. As the only U.S. city to receive this international recognition, we are immensely proud that Boston is being held up as a model for the world.”