Climate Ready Downtown and North End
The Downtown focus area is made up of several neighborhoods that lie in the northern part of Boston. These include the West End and North End, the Financial District, Wharf District, Chinatown, and the Leather District. Downtown is highly exposed to sea level rise impacts due to the area's:
- extensive low-lying coastline, and
- exposure to flooding from the Charles River, Boston Harbor, and Fort Point Channel.
The Climate Ready Boston report identified challenges facing Downtown Boston. We focused on Downtown because businesses and activities in the area depend on access to the waterfront. This project will develop near-term and long-term coastal resilience strategies. We want to protect Downtown and the North End from coastal flooding.
We asked people who live, work, and commute in the Downtown area for their thoughts about this project through a community survey.
At our first community open house, attendees told us where they had experienced flooding in the past. They also chose their top three evaluation criteria, and gave ideas for future open spaces resilience strategies.