North End / Downtown Neighborhood Climate Planning Kicks Off With High Resident Engagement [Video]

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The City of Boston hosted a poster session to introduce the Climate Ready North End and Downtown projects at a March 12th meeting. Residents filled the Pilot House venue to capacity to hear from city officials and take part in the planning exercise.

With flooding now a regular occurrence on the waterfront, the Climate Ready Boston initiative was introduced to prepare Boston for the long-term impacts of climate change and rising sea levels. So far, the City has published reports for the neighborhoods of East Boston, Charlestown and South Boston. This effort was also recently announced as part of Mayor Walsh’s Resilient Boston Harbor vision.

Projects in the North End will likely include new designs for Christopher Columbus Park, Langone & Puopolo Parks and Sargent’s Wharf. Other areas needing attention include Long Wharf, the New England Aquarium and the overall Harborwalk stretch from the North End into Downtown. The open poster session had information for attendees to learn about the projects, talk to experts and provide feedback.

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View the above video for a project introduction by Carl Specter, the Boston’s Environment Commissioner followed by project manager, Alisha Pegan and profiles of the local team members, including their favorite North End locations. Local elected officials attending the session were State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and District 2 City Councilor Ed Flynn.

Posters displayed at the open house are shown below.

The next public session for the North End and Downtown project is expected to be scheduled in May / June 2019.

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