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Last updated: 7/11/16

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.

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Mayor Martin Walsh joins Boston University Officials and Rajen Kilachand for the official ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering at Boston University.
Sep 18

New state-of-the-art educational facility opens in Grove Hall

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onference featured more than 300 first responders, local officials and members of the recovery community
Sep 15

Mayor Walsh hosts Fighting Addiction in the Hub (Faith) conference

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Sep 14

City releasing $13 million for affordable housing projects

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  Hard in the Paint By Maria Molteni, Boston AIR 2.0, 2017. Photo courtesy of Jesse Abbruzzese.
Sep 14

Projects completed in City of Boston's artist-in-residence program

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  • 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.