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Hong Kong’s waters benefit health and wellbeing

A ground-breaking study has revealed how spending time in and around Hong Kong’s ‘blue spaces’ (harbours, coastlines and beaches) is linked to better health and wellbeing, especially for older adults.

→Source: University of Exeter

Conservation Law Foundation Releases Guide to the Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) announced the release of a new People’s Guide to the Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act today. The guide provides crucial information about the rights of Massachusetts residents in connection to waterfront property in Boston and across the Commonwealth, as well as actions they can take to protect public access to Boston Harbor and other coastal tidelands.

→Source: Conservation Law Foundation

Charlestown Navy Yard Waterfront Activation Plans Review

Join the Boston Planning & Development Agency (“BPDA”) to hear from proponents looking to collaborate with the City to activate the Charlestown Navy Yard waterfront and watersheet. You can access the proposals ahead of time here:

Date: December 12, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
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Community Meeting/Open House on Northern Avenue Bridge

The City of Boston is hosting a community meeting about the Northern Avenue Bridge project. It will begin with an open house where participants can view project materials, learn more about the current bridge’s structural analysis, mobility evaluation, placemaking, and design process, and speak with members of the project team. A presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by time for Q&A.

Date: November 28, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: District Hall
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Regional CEO group to look at Detroit’s public spaces

“Everyone is focused on public space right now and improving it in Detroit as the city comes back,” [Laura] Trudeau said. Despite the disparate ownership, management and funding streams, it’s important to think holistically about Detroit’s public spaces, she said. “The value of the system is the sum of all the parts.”

→Source: Crain's Detroit Business

Launch of Seaport ferry service delayed to 2019

The employer-funded ferry service connecting North Station with the Seaport District is now expected to launch early next year, not this fall as previously anticipated.

→Source: Boston Business Journal

Suffolk Downs Development Public Meetings & Comment Period

The Suffolk Downs proposal by HYM includes 10.5 million square feet of mixed-use development and 40 acres of open space on the 109 acres of the site in the City of Boston (additional space is in the City of Revere). Public meetings are ongoing (see link below) and public comments on the Draft Project Impact Report (DPIR) are accepted through mid-December.

Date: Various
Location: Various
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Editorial: More clarity needed on GE, P&G parcels in the Seaport

The sudden availability this past week of a sizable chunk of land in South Boston presents a rare opportunity for the city — one that ought to prompt a discussion of what we want for the future of the city’s fastest-growing business neighborhood.

→Source: Boston Business Journal

National Parks launches redevelopment of Charlestown Navy Yard warehouse

The U.S. Department of the Interior is granting $3 million to the National Parks of Boston to kick off the redevelopment of the historic Hoosac Warehouse in the Charlestown Navy Yard, the first step of what could be a broader redevelopment of the historic naval yard that’s home to the U.S.S. Constitution. The grant follows a two-year design process, led by global design consultancy Sasaki Associates, to create what’s been dubbed the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Experience Plan.

→Source: Boston Business Journal

People “Pitch a Blanket” to Claim Public Space on Boston Waterfront

To reclaim the some of the public land along the Harbor, CLF gathered the public to enjoy the space they’re entitled to: the front lawn of the InterContinental Hotel. The second annual Pitch a Blanket was a reminder that all residents have the right to enjoy public spaces like the Harbor.

→Source: Conservation Law Foundation

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