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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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Mar 29

City Council meeting

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Mar 30

Community Housing Clinic

Small business resource workshop
Apr 5

Contracting with the City Info Session

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Apr 5

City Council meeting

Latest news

Mayor Walsh greets children as he enters a school.
Mar 17

2017 City scholarship applications now available to Boston residents

Education Cabinet
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Mar 1

Traffic advisory for Boston Massacre reenactment on March 4

Transportation
Mayor Walsh spoke at the Boston Municipal Research Bureau Shattuck Awards
Mar 1

Mayor Walsh's remarks to the Boston Municipal Research Bureau

Mayor's Office
Map of 2016 Boston Bike Counts
Feb 28

Data released from first automated bike count in Boston

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.