On Thursday, May 15th, the City of Boston Public Works Department held an open house style public meeting to  provide updates on this project.

On February 26, 2014, the project team for Connecting Historic Boston held the 25% design public hearing for the project.

On December 5, 2013, the project team for Connecting Historic Boston held an open public meeting regarding the Joy Street portion of the project.

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Joy Street is a small side street in Beacon Hill that showcases the historic character of the neighborhood and serves as the only direct connection across the hill between Beacon Street to Cambridge Street.  This street is home to both residents and local businesses as well as the Boston African American National Historic Site, which sees approximately 1/2 million visitors annually.  There are three transit stations along Cambridge Street that provide access to four subway lines. The Black Heritage Trail travels along both Joy and Cambridge Streets. Two of the primary sites along the trail, the Abiel Smith School and the African Meeting House, are accessible from Joy Street.

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Connect Historic Boston proposes subtle design changes that will make Joy Street a “shared” street to provide more walking space and improve the intersections at either end of the Joy Street corridor.

Connect Historic Boston is funded through a TIGER grant from U.S. DOT, administered by the Federal Highway Administration.