Video: Downtown Waterfront & Greenway District Zoning Planning Initiative – Project Overview, held at the New England Aquarium IMAX Theater on March 13, 2013

A large crowd attended the Wednesday night kickoff for the Downtown Waterfront and Greenway District Zoning Planning Initiative. Led the the Boston Redevelopment Authority with its consultant, Utile Inc., the Downtown Municipal Harbor Plan will codify the Use and Development Guidelines for the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway District. The Greenway District includes Chinatown and the Leather District, Dewey Square, the Financial District, the Wharf District, Town Cove, Market District and Government Center, and the North End.

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This 2-year process is the next step after the recent public process that developed the Greenway District Planning Study (See BRA Approves Greenway Guidelines) to repair “scarred” edges around the parks from the Central Artery Tunnel Project, i.e, the “Big Dig.” The project will also build on the Boston Harbor Cleanup, water transportation initiatives, the New England Aquarium expansion and the accessible Boston Harborwalk.

In a BRA blog post, they ask the following questions:

  • How can we create a seamless link between the Greenway and the waterfront?
  • How can we maximize the synergy in the public spaces and activate available space?
  • How can we make accessing Boston’s waterfront easier?
  • How can we capitalize on the waterfront’s existing assets to create an all-season destination?
  • What public amenities would you add to the waterfront?

The BRA invites residents, workers, property and business owners to share ideas over Twitter. The Downtown Waterfront Planning Initiative has its own twitter tag:  #boswaterfront.

Watch the above video for the full meeting presentation and Q&A.