In 2018, Boston was a finalist for the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award for its Boston’s Safest Driver app. The award elevates city-led strategies that most successfully engage citizens to help create and implement solutions to pressing local problems. Boston engaged citizens to share data online about unsafe streets and developed a competitive gaming app that encouraged residents to improve their driving behaviors, with the goal of decreasing traffic-related fatalities.
Boston was a participant in the Cities of Service Love Your Block program. Through the program, participating cities support the efforts of residents to revitalize their neighborhoods. Cities of Service provided each city with $25,000 and two years of technical assistance and placed two full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members in each city hall to build capacity for resident engagement. Learn more about the results of Boston’s efforts
Boston has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2010. Current Mayor Martin J. Walsh reaffirmed the city’s commitment by signing the Declaration of Service in 2014.
What's Happening in Boston
Love Your Block
Through its service plan, the City of Boston is connecting its citizens to government to enhance public spaces and boost levels of citizen engagement. Love Your Block is the service plan’s hallmark initiative. With Love Your Block, the city empowers citizens to improve their neighborhoods through projects that address local challenges. Neighborhood groups develop revitalization projects and apply for mini-grants from the city. The city then supports the neighborhoods and their citizen volunteers in completing these projects, such as year-round community cleanups and shared tool sheds.
pounds of garbage collected and removed from 183 lots and public parks by citizen volunteers from 2015 to 2017
“Cities of Service will help Boston residents and local government work together to enhance public spaces, improve the health and overall well-being of local communities, and boost levels of civic engagement.”
Mayor Martin J. Walsh