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Last updated: 2/25/19

Climate Ready Downtown and North End

We’re developing a plan to protect Downtown Boston from coastal flooding due to climate change.

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, 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.

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Upcoming Open House

March 12, 2019, from 6 - 8 p.m.
Pilot House, 32 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02110

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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.

The project kicked off in winter 2019 and will run through summer 2019. This is a community planning process, so please stay tuned on ways you can provide your input.

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Project Focus Area

View maps of projected sea level rise in Downtown and North End.

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Community Survey

We’re working with a design team to find solutions to Downtown’s current and projected vulnerability to coastal flooding. This effort is led by the City’s Environment Department, in partnership with the Boston Planning & Development Agency. As we work to explore near and long-term options for this neighborhood, we will want to hear from you.

We have the knowledge, talent and resources to prepare our neighborhoods and businesses for climate change and will continue to cut carbon emissions, tackling climate change head on.



Resilient Harbor Vision

Learn about our climate-ready vision to enhance Boston’s waterfront. We want to protect Boston's neighborhoods from sea level rise and flooding due to climate change.