boston planning & development agency


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Urban Renewal Research Assistant - Fall 2017

Dates of Program

September-December 2017

Flexible start and end dates; schedules open to discussion based on student and employer needs.



Under the direction of the Special Projects Manager or her designee, this individual will provide research assistance for the Urban Renewal Land Disposition Research Project for Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA).

Recognizing that Urban Renewal has historical implications that directly affected many of Boston’s neighborhoods and continues to interface with regulatory features over certain parcels contained within Urban Renewal Plan Areas, a research project aimed at identifying all regulatory agreements is currently underway in an effort to centralize all documents and data related to Urban Renewal. This project is multi-departmental, including planning, development review, MIS, records management, legal and policy. Our team seeks a college-level student eager to understand the history and current applications of urban renewal.

The selected candidate will work with this dynamic team. The team’s primary activities include:          

  • Researching Urban Renewal related documents and recording vital information related to UR to be included in dataset. This research process is a vital part of the overall project, and critical to understanding the historical and current applications of Urban Renewal in the city.
  • Collaborating with a multi-departmental team for the Urban Renewal LDA Project.
  • Participating in meetings to create goals and timelines.

 Primary Role Responsibilities

  • Work with Special Projects manager to conduct granular research of Urban Renewal regulatory agreements.
  • Input outcome of granular research into dataset.
  • Create graphics for internal and external presentations.
  • Attend staff and interagency meetings.  


Other Qualifications Required

  • Currently enrolled in a college or graduate degree program;
  • Interest in urban planning, land use and/or land use law.
  • Excellent written, research and communications skills;
  • Familiarity with the Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Able to work in fast paced environment; and
  • Commitment to multicultural working environment.


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