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Fidelity would create large waterfront space at revamped World Trade Center in Seaport

The most dramatic changes would occur on the front side of the complex, closest to Seaport Boulevard: The Commonwealth Hall exhibition space will be shuttered for good next year and replaced in part by a 25,000-square-foot waterfront courtyard that will feature small outdoor events and markets throughout the year.

→Source: The Boston Globe

Massport is unloading another acre of its South Boston real estate holdings

The site on Congress Street, behind John Hancock’s previous glass-enclosed home and next to the Silver Line Way MBTA stop, could accommodate up to 400,000 square feet of mixed-use development, with the potential to increase that amount to 600,000 if the developer also opts to procure an acre-plus of air rights over the Silver Line right-of-way.

→Source: The Boston Globe

Why Inclusive Design Matters

Whether we realize it or not, the design process decides who benefits, who participates, and who counts. When that process is intended to be inclusive of everyone in society, we get places that welcome all, products that work for everyone, and services and systems that benefit each of us.

→Source: Meeting of the Minds

Charlestown looks at bringing new life to an old navy yard

The South Boston Waterfront may hog the limelight these days. But city officials are turning their attention to Charlestown’s historic Navy Yard, where nearly 2,000 people live. The Boston Planning & Development Agency recently put out a request for proposals to “activate,” in planner-speak, the waterfront area and is accepting input on the private sector responses until Jan. 1.

→Source: The Boston Globe

Charlestown Navy Yard ‘activation’ proposals include observation wheel

Six firms have proposed ideas for furthering what the Boston Planning and Development Agency calls an “activation” of the Charlestown Navy Yard.

→Source: Curbed Boston

Boston Harbor cleanup was economically justifiable, finds new study

A first-of-its-kind study finds that Boston Harbor—once dubbed America’s filthiest harbor—is now worth between $30 and $100 billion in ecosystem services. The study demonstrates that the post-cleanup value of healthy ecosystems and their associated benefits to society should be considered when evaluating options for coastal areas.

→Source: ScienceDaily

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: bit.ly/BPDA_CNYRFP.

Date: December 12, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
More Information: bostonplans.org/news-calendar

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
More Information: northernavebridgebos.com/news-meetings

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