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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 2

Community Housing Clinic

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Mar 8

City Council meeting

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Mar 9

Community Housing Clinic

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Mar 15

City Council meeting

Latest news

Mayor Walsh hosted a Summer Youth Jobs Employee Round Table at Boston City Hall
Feb 24

Summer jobs lottery for Boston teens now available online

Boston Centers for Youth & Families
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Feb 21

Celebrating inventors during Black History Month

Human Resources
Mayor Walsh addressed the crowd during the Patriots Super Bowl send-off in 2014.
Feb 1

Traffic advisory for Super Bowl weekend

Transportation
Mayor Walsh at a public meeting
Nov 21

Mayor Walsh hosts community discussion about racism in Boston

Resilience and Racial Equity

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.