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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…

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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…

Community

We Are Boston’s Waterfront Updates Residents Association

A new community group, We are Boston’s Waterfront, introduced themselves at the April 2018 meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA). Co-founder Sydney Asbury explained the organization emerged from the “Save Our North End Waterfront” effort that successfully worked to stop a hotel proposal at Lewis Wharf in 2016. Community members have expanded their 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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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…

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What Happened? Sorting Through the January 2018 “Bomb Cyclone” Flood Data and Outlook

So, what happened to cause so much flooding during last week’s winter Nor’easter snow storm? Unlike the near miss of Hurricane Sandy where Boston dodged a (big) bullet, the so called “bomb cyclone” of January 2018 brought a storm surge that hit just at the worst time, an astronomical high tide. With already over 12 Read More…

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King Tide Brings Flooding to North End / Waterfront Sites

“King Tide,” the recurring high tides coincident with supermoons once again brought flooding on Sunday to waterfront paths behind the tennis courts, Langone Park and the Eliot School (under construction) on Commercial Street. Janine Coppola captures the sea level rise of Boston Harbor in the above photos. Long Wharf is another low point that regularly Read More…

Health & Environment

Video: Boston’s Environmental Chief Discusses Climate Ready Boston Report

Boston’s Chief of Environment, Open Space, and Energy, Austin Blackmon, spoke about the latest Climate Ready Boston report at this week’s North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC). As summarized in this previous post, the new assessment highlights the city’s vulnerability to rising sea levels. The comprehensive report (pdf) issued by the Climate Ready Boston initiative details how the rising tides Read More…

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Making Boston’s Waterfront Climate Ready; Harbor Barrier Study

As revelers made their 2017 New Year’s polar plunge in Boston’s waters, a new report issued just before the holidays made yet another sobering assessment of the city’s vulnerability to rising sea levels. The comprehensive report (pdf) issued by the Climate Ready Boston initiative details how the rising tides will soon start to engulf city neighborhoods in the coming decades. A Read More…