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Historic Boston, Inc. (HBI) came to Susan Silberberg to engage MIT graduate students in its efforts to make multi-year investments in two Historic Neighborhood Centers in Boston. Susan’s class, “Historic Preservation, Design and Development,” explored ways that HBI could leverage its efforts in the Fields Corner and Hyde Park commercial districts to incentivize private and public investment. HBI is the developer of last resort for endangered historic buildings in Boston and the organization has a long and celebrated track record of saving and repurposing historic gems including the Old Corner Bookstore in Downtown Crossing and the Hayden Building, the only HH Richardson-designed commercial structure in the city. When HBI made the decision to supplement its building redevelopment and preservation work with a program that looks at entire neighborhood centers, it made a strategic move to leverage its resources to effect positive change on a much larger scale.