Boston Harbor Now’s Director of Policy Jill Valdes Horwood and Director of Planning Alice Brown host a bi-weekly video blog covering topics related to the harbor. Watch their most recent episode about filled tidelands below.
In this six minute vlog, Horwood and Brown talk about filled tidelands which are protected by Chapter 91, the public waterfront act. When original Bostonians started filling in land around the Shawmut Peninsula to create our current city, they filled in the Back Bay, Seaport, around North Station, and the areas around Faneuil Hall up to the 1970 sea wall at Christopher Columbus Park.
These early settlers filled in up to their high-tide line, but today, with sea level rise and climate change, the tide line is changing. The two go on to discuss how this is going to affect Boston and our current shoreline. One tactic to protect our city may be to build up resilience at open spaces along the harbor, such as Puopolo Park in the North End.