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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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Apr 24

SPARK Civic Engagement Workshop with Generation Citizen

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Apr 26

City Council meeting

Climate Ready Boston presents a lunchtime webinar, April 26th at 12PM
Apr 26

Climate Ready Boston webinar

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Apr 27

Community Housing Clinic

Latest news

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Apr 19

2017 BCYF summer grants now available for local agencies

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Apr 14

Get your finances in order during Financial Literary Month

Human Resources
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Apr 13

Imagine Boston Capital plan moving residents' priorities from idea to action

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Apr 7

Patriots Day weekend 2017

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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.