Featured Health & Environment

Boston Harbor Now Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Harborwalk with Panel Discussion

Boston Harbor Now, an organization dedicated to bringing the Boston Harbor back to the people, hosted a panel that invited waterfront leaders from across North America to talk about how their cities are developing their waterfront spaces on Thursday evening. Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Boston’s Harborwallk throughout the month of October, the organization invited Read More…

Featured Government Health & Environment

Walsh Releases Plan for Carbon Neutrality

Mayor Marty Walsh released a plan this week that has Boston becoming carbon-neutral by 2050. Walsh plans on doing this by developing new guidelines for building projects and investing in energy saving options for city-owned buildings. About 70 percent of carbon emissions come from buildings in the city. New city-owned buildings will be designed as Read More…

Featured Government Health & Environment

Boston Planning and Development Agency Releases Coastal Flood Resilience Design Guidelines

The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors recently approved adoption of the Coastal Flood Resilience Design Guidelines at their September Board Meeting. The Guidelines, which build on Mayor Marty Walsh’s Climate Ready Boston (CRB) initiative, are intended to serve as a reference for residents, business owners and developers. The goal of the Read More…

Community Featured Health & Environment

Reader Poll: Which Flood Resiliency Option Do You Support?

Boston’s Climate Ready Downtown and the North End Project team recently gave an update on their plans to protect the neighborhood from flooding due to rising sea levels. Two main options have been identified: 1. Raise the roadway and bike lanes by 5-7 feet. This has the advantage of being public property so it would be easier Read More…

Event Notices Health & Environment

Climate Ready Downtown and North End Presentation & Open House

The City of Boston will host the second community event for Climate Ready Downtown & North End on Tuesday, July 16 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the BSA Space, 290 Congress Street. From 6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. there will be a presentation from the project design team. They will give an update Read More…

Event Notices Health & Environment

Open House on Flood Resilient Building Guidelines & Resiliency Zoning June 17

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) will host an open house on Monday, June 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the public to hear about the City’s efforts to promote buildings that are better adapted to coastal flooding and sea level rise. The open house will be held at the Leventhal Room Read More…

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

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 Read More…

Featured Health & Environment Real Estate

Elevating Sargent’s Wharf, Columbus, Langone Parks and Long Wharf in “Resilient Boston Harbor” Plan

Mayor Marty Walsh announced a broad plan to shore up several waterfront parcels from flooding, including in the North End and Downtown, as part his “Resilient Boston Harbor” vision. The City Hall strategy is a step forward in protecting the city from rising sea levels, especially during major storms and flooding events. In the North Read More…

Featured Government Health & Environment Meetings

Hearing on Flooding Brings Together City Groups to Discuss Strategies & Solutions

On Monday, March 26th, Boston City Councilor At-Large and Chair of the Committee on Planning, Development & Transportation Michelle Wu held a hearing on flooding in Boston, focusing on strategies and solutions to combat more frequent and more intense flooding across the city due to climate change and sea level rise. Wu called for the Read More…

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Storm Surge From Nor’Easter Riley Floods Boston’s Waterfront at High Tide [Photos]

High tide hit around 11:15 a.m. Friday morning with a near record storm surge from Nor’Eater Rlley causing dramatic flooding on Boston’s waterfront. It was the second massive storm in just as many months after the January 4th snowstorm. Shown here are photos from the flooding impact along the North End waterfront toward Long Wharf and Atlantic Read More…

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Flooding & Climate Change Readiness – Seeking Data and Information

The Bomb Cyclone Storm of Jan. 4 left damage in its wet wake all along the local coast. You are invited to help others understand just where and how the North End experienced this storm. Our ability to educate ourselves more thoroughly about storm effects strengthens our sense of climate change readiness in the future. Read More…

Community Featured Government Real Estate

City Responds to Development Planning Task Force For North End Waterfront Parcels

In an effort to avoid another war after the Lewis Wharf Hotel debacle, nine North End / Waterfront condominium boards reached out to city officials in a joint letter (pdf) to address the remaining open development parcels in the neighborhood. Specifically, the letter identified areas of development concern at Commercial Wharf, Lewis Wharf, Sargent’s Wharf, and vacant lots Read More…