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Last updated: 7/5/19

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, 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.

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Second open house and presentation

Read our blog about the Climate Ready Downtown event

read the blog

Project Focus Area

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

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Upcoming events

Upcoming events


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.

Planning Process and Community Input

Community Input
Image of the online community survey
Community Survey

We asked people who live, work, and commute in the Downtown area for their thoughts about this project through a community survey.

SURVEy results 

Photo of people in the first Climate Ready Downtown open house
Open house: March 12, 2019

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.

Open House presentation posters

Presenter speaking to crowd at open house
Open house: July 16th, 2019

At our second community open house, attendees gave feedback on the design options for the Downtown waterfront. 

read the blog

presentation slides


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.