After a two-year delay, the city of Boston was honored this week at the 2022 World Cities Summit as part of the 2020 Lee Kuan World City Prize. It was the only U.S. city recognized in the 2020 awards cycle.
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.
Boston was honored for its “holistic work on climate resilience, improving housing affordability and mobility options and fostering civic participation,” at the event, which was dubbed Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Emerging Stronger and held in Singapore.
Former Boston Planning & Development Agency director Brian Golden accepted the award. The BPDA led the submission and hosted the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize nominating committee during its 2019 visit.
The committee touted Beantown for being a “visionary city where close partnership and trust is delivering significant results” and urged other waterfront cities to take a similar approach to Boston’s for tackling climate change.
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.