City Officials Will Conduct an ‘Audit’ of Every Street in Boston – On Foot

By David Bloch | 09/05/2014

On Friday, the Mayor’s Office revealed its plans for “a comprehensive audit of every street in every neighborhood across Boston.” The initiative, called NEW (Neighborood Engagement Walks), will begin on September 15.

Workers from the Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) “will begin walking the 850 miles of city streets across Boston, in an effort to assess each neighborhood in great detail.” They will be carrying tablets and collecting data through municipal apps like Citizens Connect, and speaking to residents face-to-face:

“By combining technology and grassroots engagement, we can – for the first time in our history – truly assess every piece of this City, to better serve the people in our neighborhoods.”

The comprehensive survey will attempt to identify, evaluate, and catalog “infrastructure challenges and constituent concerns.” All of the data collected will be made available online through a “story map” created by the Department of Innovation and Technology.

The Mayor’s Office believes that NEW will help City authorities “respond to issues effectively and in real-time, with greater transparency and accountability.”

Neighborhood reports “generated by ONS representatives” will present the findings of the audit to the public after its conclusion. City officials aim to finish the project by the end of 2014.

Click here for the full announcement.