Boston receives Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize acclaim

by Liz Hughes

The city of Boston has been honored as part of the Lee Kuan World City Prize for 2020. It was the only U.S. city recognized in the 2020 awards cycle. 

Beantown received a special mention in the awards for its “holistic work on climate resilience, improving housing affordability and mobility options, and fostering civic participation.”

The city’s submission was led by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA, which hosted the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize nominating committee during its 2019 visit. 

The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize is a biennial international award honoring outstanding achievements and contributions to the creation of livable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities around the world. 

The committee noted Boston’s climate resilience foresight, urging other waterfront metros to take a similar proactive approach to climate change. It also called Boston a “visionary city where close partnership and trust is delivering significant results.”

Several projects and planning efforts were highlighted in the announcement, including Imagine Boston 2030, the city’s Climate Ready Boston initiative, the city’s Resilient Boston Harbor vision, the redevelopment of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Nubian Square and the creation of the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway

“We are honored that the Lee Kuan Yew Prize Committee has selected Boston for this prestigious ranking, based on important work the BPDA has led on waterfront resiliency, housing affordability, mobility solutions and civic engagement,” said BPDA Director Brian Golden. “These are the priorities we focus on every day to build a better future for all Boston residents, and it is a privilege to be acknowledged alongside other innovative global cities. As the only U.S. city to receive this international recognition, we are immensely proud that Boston is being held up as a model for the world.”

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