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The Strategy

The Innovation District emphasizes three core principles:

URBAN LAB
Opportunities for testing groundbreaking technologies

– New chances to experiment with clean energy, citizen participation, transportation, and social infrastructure
– The Innovation District is a proving ground for collaborative efforts between the City and its partners
– Successes can be scaled and translated to benefit all neighborhoods

SUSTAINABLE LEADERSHIP
Breaking new ground for sustainable growth

– The development of 1,000 acres of iconic waterfront property will change the way residents, workers, and visitors interact with the environment
– The Innovation District can maximize this waterfront land in the present while ensuring sufficient resources and enjoyment for future generations

SHARED INNOVATION
All Bostonians can benefit from the shared idea economy

– The establishment of a hub for emerging ideas and a development space to create new best practices will benefit citizens throughout the city
– New creative policy strategies can position Boston at the forefront of urban economic development

In addition to core principles, three key strategies guide the development of the Innovation District:

PROMOTE COLLABORATION
Create clusters of innovative people

– People in close proximity innovate faster and share technologies and knowledge more easily
– Ideas need a supportive and close-knit ecosystem to foster creative growth
– Small firms can generate ideas and intermingle with larger firms that provide access to capital

PROVIDE PUBLIC SPACE + PROGRAMMING
Support social infrastructure to foster an innovation ecosystem

– An abundance of collaborative venues and open space are critical to fostering the creative process
District Hall, now open, is the world’s first free-standing public innovation center.

DEVELOP A 24-HOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Provide amentities for flexible lifestyles

– Innovation housing, like the apartments found at Factory 63, provide a live-work spaces for innovators to collaborate
– The City of Boston is working to introduce more of housing options to fit the range of lifestyles and needs of the innovation workforce
– The Innovation District is filled with world-class restaurants, an active nightlife, and cultural institutions
– Transit options are readily available, as the Innovation District has easy access to South Station, Logan Airport, and the MBTA Red and Silver lines

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