Malden Works Awarded Norman B. Leventhal City Prize

The Mystic River Watershed Association is excited to be part of the Malden Works team that was awarded the first-ever Norman B. Leventhal City Prize, a new interdisciplinary prize out of MIT aimed at catalyzing innovative urban design and planning approaches worldwide to improve both the environment and quality of life.

Malden Works team includes (L-R)  Evan Spetrini,  Senior Planner, Malden Redevelopment Authority,  Marie Law Adams,  Lecturer, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning,  Gary Christenson , Mayor, City of Malden,  Marcia Manong , Resident of Malden,  Kathleen M. Vandiver , MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences,  Karen Buck , President, Friends of the Malden River,  Amber Christoffersen , Greenways Director, Mystic River. Photo: Jonah Susskind

Malden Works team includes (L-R) Evan Spetrini, Senior Planner, Malden Redevelopment Authority, Marie Law Adams, Lecturer, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Gary Christenson, Mayor, City of Malden, Marcia Manong, Resident of Malden, Kathleen M. Vandiver, MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences, Karen Buck, President, Friends of the Malden River, Amber Christoffersen, Greenways Director, Mystic River. Photo: Jonah Susskind

Through Malden Works, the project team will bring together a new coalition of community leaders of color, youth, environmental advocates, and government stakeholders to reclaim the publicly owned parcel along Malden’s riverfront which houses Malden’s Department of Public Works. This is part of the Mystic River Watershed Association’s larger Malden River Greenway vision for an accessible pathway along the length of the river, designed for public recreation and enjoyment. The project also seeks to serve as a model for the equitable and resilient transformation of similar urbanized waterways in metro Boston and beyond.

The prize comes with a $100,000 award. Read more about the project on the MIT News or watch a short video highlighting the project created by MIT LCAU.

A public kick-off event to begin the community conversation about the future of Malden’s waterfront is planned for Monday, October 21 @ 6:30 pm. Alexie Torres-Fleming, a nationally sought-after speaker, will begin the evening program. She will share her story of creating a community-driven movement to revitalize parks along the Bronx River. The meeting is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Monday, October 21 at 6:30 pm

WHERE Malden Senior Center, 7 Washington St, Malden, MA