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Downtown

Downtown

Learn about the City's bustling Downtown district.

Located in the heart of Boston, Downtown has served as Boston's hub since the 1700s. Home to City Hall, numerous corporate headquarters, condos and apartments, and some of Boston’s most beloved tourist attractions — including the historic Freedom Trail and Faneuil Hall — something is always going on Downtown.

Housing options vary, ranging from historic apartment buildings to modern glass towers. Theaters, restaurants, cafes, and 5.5 miles of dynamic waterfront are always within easy walking distance. The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, and Boston Common offer substantial green space and places of respite amidst the activity. In the summer, City Hall Plaza buzzes with concerts and festivals.

Downtown Crossing

Over 200,000 people work downtown every day, and 250,000 pedestrians pass through the intersections of Washington, Winter, and Summer Streets, which form Downtown Crossing. Downtown Crossing is a major retail area, offering a range of apparel stores, national retailers, bakeries, and both fast casual and fine restaurants to suit every taste.

Upcoming events

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Dec 7

City Council meeting

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Dec 8

Community Housing Clinic

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Dec 14

City Council meeting

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Dec 15

Community Housing Clinic

Latest news

Mayor Walsh at a public meeting
Nov 21

Mayor Walsh hosts community discussion about racism in Boston

Resilience and Racial Equity
Traffic Alert
Nov 15

Traffic Advisory for Saturday, November 19, 2016

Transportation
Copley Tree Lightning
Nov 10

Copley Square tree lighting November 28

Parks and Recreation
Traffic Alert
Nov 10

Traffic Advisory, November 10 - November 14, 2016

Transportation

Features

  • The recent addition of Boston's first Business Improvement District has brought block parties, markets, and other events to historic Washington and Summer Street areas.
  • Numerous hotels serve both tourists and business travelers.
  • Historic theaters, including the Opera House, Modern, and Paramount, host a variety of productions along the southern end of Washington Street.
  • Suffolk University, Emerson College, and Urban College are also major tenants of Downtown.