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Current Fellows

Allan FranklinAllan Franklin

Graduate School: Harvard Kennedy School
Placement: Harvard Kennedy School
Mentors: Amy Mahler, Harvard Kennedy School and former Rappaport/Boston Urban Scholar and Stevie Olson, Senior Analyst for Capital Outlay, New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee
Supervisor: Professor Justin de Benedictis-Kessner
Project Description: Allan will be working with Professor Justin de Benedictis-Kessner to synthesize data from US cities, including Boston and others, to research the equitable distribution of infrastructure resources such as sidewalks and street paving and the role of political participation in these patterns. Through his work this summer, Allan looks to deepen his knowledge of municipal government decision-making and will expand his understanding of how politics plays a key role in successful infrastructure. With potential new federal funding streams becoming available to cities in coming months, this work will allow Allan to advance his GIS, budgeting, and data analytic skills through research compiling crucial data from a variety of city resources.

Pedro GonzalezPedro Gonzalez

Graduate School: Harvard Kennedy School
Placement: Brockton, MA
Mentors: Victoria Orozco, Research Officer, The Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and David Friedman, Special Counsel, The Boston Red Sox and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member
Supervisors: Kerry Richards, Chief of Staff and Danielle Littman, Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Associate
Project Description: Pedro will be working with the City of Brockton to continue research on traffic safety begun this spring in the MLD-412 course, the Rappaport Greater Boston Applied Field Lab. The City of Brockton has a high pedestrian fatality rate because of dangerous intersections and a high number of traffic accidents. They asked a student team to undertake a street safety analysis to examine the most dangerous parts of the city and final deliverables included data analysis, policy proposals, and budgetary options to improve this situation. Using the spring research as a foundation, Pedro will look to develop a community engagement and communications strategy for new improvements, as well as will analyze how American Rescue Program funds may be used for this work, and will collaborate with Professor Justin de Benedictis-Kessner in the writing of a research paper based on the team’s research and findings.

Bobby WangBobby Wang

Graduate School: Harvard Graduate School of Design
Placement: Revere, MA
Mentors: Ben Forman, Director of Research, MassINC and Victoria Orozco, Research Officer, The Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation
Supervisor: Tech Leng, Director of Planning and Community Development
Project Description: Bobby will be working with the City of Revere to continue research on inclusionary zoning begun this spring in the MLD-412 course, the Rappaport Greater Boston Applied Field Lab. Revere sought student assistance in understanding the dynamics of the local housing market, identifying types of housing needed, and developing a model of how inclusionary zoning could be used to address residents’ housing needs. They asked a student team to research the area’s development potential to create more affordable housing units for residents. Using the spring research as a foundation, Bobby will conduct further financial modelling and impact analysis of IZ and will collaborate with Professor Justin de Benedictis-Kessner in the writing of a research paper based on the team’s research and findings.