Public spaces define a city’s personality. Parks and squares, harbors and historic sites are the face that Boston shows the world and are a great source of pride for Boston’s residents.

A Better City helps give voice to and coordinate the many stakeholders involved in developing, managing and funding Boston’s vibrant public spaces.

Municipal Harbor Planning Process

Several parts of Boston’s Downtown Waterfront have been identified for potential development, including parcels at the edge of the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, at the Harbor Garage, and at the site of Hook Lobster. The Boston Redevelopment Authority is managing the process which will result in amplifications, substitutions, and offsets to be incorporated into the overall plan to satisfy requirements of the Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act, known as Chapter 91.

Why It’s Important

Boston’s Waterfront is one of the city’s great attractions, featuring the New England Aquarium, two major hotels and passenger maritime activities on Long Wharf. Managing development to balance the needs of businesses, workers, commuters, residents and visitors will be critical to success of the project.

A Better City’s Role

A Better City serves on the Downtown Waterfront Planning Advisory Committee, which is instrumental in development of the Municipal Harbor Plan for space along the water’s edge from Christopher Columbus Park to the Moakley Bridge. In this role, A Better City has provided detailed written and oral comments on the Public Realm and Watersheet Activation Plan and on the City’s description of proposed amplifications, substitutions, and offsets in the Municipal Harbor Plan.