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July 10, 2023, Article: "“I’ve been doing urban planning studies for more than 15 years at HKS, over 100 projects,” said Linda Bilmes, speaking of the field labs that give her students the opportunity to analyze real-world issues and offer solutions. “Using virtual reality headsets took the experience one step further, allowing city planners to actually see themselves coming out of buildings, interacting with the area.”  Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, was reflecting on the innovative technique used by her students with Everett, Massachusetts, Mayor Carlo DeMaria and his staff in their final presentation for MLD-412: “Greater Boston Applied Field Lab: Advanced Budgeting, Financial Management and Operations.” Projects for the lab typically focus on finance-related urban challenges and are funded through the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. The Everett project centered on a large, abandoned piece of property located in a lower-income part of town contaminated with residue from a fossil fuel facility." Read Via HKS