A Public Waterfront For All

UPDATE: A historic WIN for Boston’s people and their public waterfront

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously that the public’s rights to the waterfront–that we all own–cannot be given away to by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The Court ruled that the decision from last year invalidating the Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan (MHP) was appropriate!

This is a huge victory and further allows for the creation of a new plan for the downtown waterfront area – one that prioritizes public equity, resiliency, and accessibility!

We want to thank Mayor Wu and her administration and former Mayor Janey for standing firm on revising the MHP, our legislators and our City Council, and the many community leaders and residents who have stood up to protect our downtown waterfront! We could not have come this far without your help.

We are excited to work with you and Mayor Wu and her administration on a new Downtown Municipal Harbor Plan that puts the public’s needs first!

Thank you for continuing to be our partner in Saving Boston’s Waterfront. Together, we can shape an inviting, accessible, and exciting #DowntownWaterfrontforAll.  

Boston and its people deserve a more equitable, climate resilient, and inclusive Downtown Waterfront for All.

A new plan for the 42 acres of the downtown waterfront is coming—we can save Boston’s waterfront and build a waterfront for all. Learn how you can get involved and lend your voice in support of advancing climate and economic justice.

 

Our Mission

Boston and its residents will benefit from a comprehensive, district-wide plan for making the entirety of the downtown waterfront more resilient, accessible, and inclusive for everyone that lives in our city.  

Create a District-wide Plan THROUGH A CITY-WIDE PROCESS

Advance CLIMATE JUSTICE and RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

Promote Accessibility, EQUITY, and Inclusivity

The Story

A Downtown Waterfront for All: The 42-acres along the downtown waterfront are the product of billions of taxpayer dollars that cleaned up Boston Harbor and created the Rose Kennedy Greenway. This special, civic space is supported by the protections of the Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act (Chapter 91). 

 A more climate resilient and equitable future for our city will be supported by waterfront planning that makes this public space more resilient, accessible, affordable, and inclusive for everyone. 

Boston as a World-Class Waterfront City: Future investments in infrastructure must prioritize equity and resiliency on a regional scale. Doing so will create opportunities for all Bostonians, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, and make our coastal city and its communities more resilient in every sense of the word. Together, we can foster and advance a public waterfront for all. 

Begin with a Public Vision: The future of our city’s waterfront must be driven by a multi-stakeholder process to identify priorities and opportunities. From there, we can create a plan that addresses the wants and needs of residents across our entire city. 

 The choice is not between an old, antiquated parking garage or an unaffordable and overbearing tower, it is whether Boston will again let the private interests of a developer override the public benefits for the city and its residents. 

Show Your Support:  Attend Mayor Michelle Wu and the Boston City Council agree that we must amend the Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan (MHP) to modernize the process to be more inclusive and incorporate contemporary data on climate change. This is a direct result of hearing from local residents that doing so was a priority. 

 As the City prepares to kick off a new community process for the Downtown MHP, your involvement remains critical: join by speaking out to your elected officials and agencies like the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) and the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office. 

Send Letters: Show your support and opposition to the development of the highrise building by sending letters to the Boston Planning & Development Agency.

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The proposed Boston Harbor Garage redevelopment project fails our downtown waterfront, our city’s residents, and our future. It’s time to admit that and start again. We need a district-wide plan that prioritizes climate resilience, accessibility and better connections between waterfront properties.

Boston residents need to come together to protect the waterfront from plans that do not have the city’s best interest at heart. We are known for standing up for what is right, it is time to stand up again.

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