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What we heard at the first Climate Ready Dorchester Open House


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At the end of September, the City hosted our first open house to discuss the design of coastal resilience solutions along the Dorchester waterfront.

More than 80 people attended to share their thoughts on what should be prioritized and considered as our team begins to design potential coastal resilience solutions for Dorchester. Here are our key takeaways from what we heard at the Dorchester coastal resilience open house:

  • Participants shared their desire to enhance modes of transit such as walking, driving, biking and public transit through coastal resilience solutions.
  • Many community members expressed satisfactory experiences along the Neponset Trail and throughout parks in south Dorchester.
  • From Clam Point to Port Norfolk, community members expressed discontent with the access to the waterfront, commenting on its lack of safety and “deplorable” state as a result of the automobile industry blocking waterfront access. We heard that the project should look closely at this area and improve the community’s ability to safely access the waterfront, particularly on foot and by bike. 
  • The community once again expressed interest in increased waterfront access for activities such as walking and biking. In addition, many would like to see water-based recreation activities such as swimming and boating.

Below you will find more details about the feedback we received at the event. If you couldn’t attend but want to share your thoughts, we have this digital survey that you can complete and share with your family and friends. 
Who else from the Dorchester community attended the event?


How does climate change impact you and your life now?


What you are most concerned about in terms of future flooding? What can you do to prepare?

As we weigh the pros and cons of different design solutions what do you want us to prioritize?


What assets in the floodplain are you most concerned with us prioritizing? 


How do you get to the waterfront?


How do you feel about the waterfront? What feels safe there? What doesn’t?


As we design coastal flooding solutions, how would you like to be able to use the waterfront? How do you use it now?

Thanks to everyone who participated the event! Please share your feedback using our online survey. 

Climate Ready Boston
Climate Ready Dorchester Open House Feedback

You can read the full report on feedback that we heard from our open house:

Community Feedback

Take our survey

Boston's waterfront belongs to all residents, so your feedback matters in this process. Please take our quick survey to share your thoughts on preparing for sea level rise and climate change in Dorchester:

Complete the survey