Can the new Suffolk Downs avoid the mistakes of the Seaport District?

There is something to prove: That given the opportunity to build a new neighborhood [at Suffolk Downs], we don’t develop another white rich enclave like the Seaport, that new Boston isn’t just for those who can afford it and that this time around development will be far more inclusive.

→Source: The Boston Globe

Boston Children’s Museum chief talks Seaport growth, rising sea levels

The Boston Business Journal spoke with Charnow to ask about the museum’s current priorities as well as how the Seaport’s growing population impacts its strategic plan.

→Source: Boston Business Journal

‘Resiliency’ plans a sticking point in Port Norfolk build-out

Neighbors’ concerns range from traffic to gentrification, but it’s the sticking point of climate resilience that illustrates the difficulties that could lie ahead for communities trying to leverage private investment to fortify the waterfront.

→Source: Dorchester Report & WBUR

Video depicts how rising seas will affect South Boston

The developers who want to turn South Boston’s shuttered L Street Power Station into a huge complex of housing and office space know that rising seas will someday come for their waterfront site. Now they’re releasing a video that shows, in vivid detail, just how much and where that water might go.

→Source: The Boston Globe

In the Great Marsh and other coastal wetlands, climate change is harming delicate ecosystems

Wetlands such as [the Great Marsh] are crucial buffers against the damaging effects of rising sea levels from climate change. Yet the very forces unleashed by global warming are pounding away at the Great Marsh and other saltwater wetlands: higher tides — more than 8 inches here over the past century — and a 20 percent increase in precipitation over roughly the same period.

→Source: The Boston Globe

Chelsea Creek Visioning Community Meeting

Help shape the future of the Chelsea Creek waterfront in Chelsea and East Boston. Breakfast and lunch, interpretation, and childcare will be provided.

Date: June 1, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Location: Kelly Elementary School, Mary C. Burke Complex, Chelsea
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BPDA Flood Resilient Building Guidelines & Zoning Overlay District Open House

Join the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) for an open house on the City of Boston’s efforts to promote buildings that are better adapted to coastal flooding and sea level rise. This is an opportunity to learn about the development of flood resilient building guidelines and resiliency zoning, talk to experts, and provide input.

Date: May 14, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Location: East Boston YMCA
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As Boston Pursues Climate Resilience, Some Warn Efforts Could Make Inequality Worse

The city’s resilience initiatives are wrapped in the language of equity — in Walsh’s words, representing “Boston’s historic commitment to our collective well-being.” But some experts worry the push for climate adaptation could make inequality worse, a possible multiplier of the so-called “green gentrification” they say is already underway in two neighborhoods at the center of the city’s climate resilience strategy: East Boston and South Boston.

→Source: WBUR

City Announces New Capital Funding For Cutillo Park Study, North End Library and Columbus Playground

The city funding is dedicated to public community spaces. It is worth noting that all three new projects respond to needs highlighted by local residents through various non-profit “Friends” groups, such as the recently formed Friends of Cutillo Park, Friends of the North End Branch Library and Friends of Christopher Columbus Park.

→Source: North End Waterfront

7 American cities that could disappear by 2100

One in six homes in Boston, Massachusetts could be flooded regularly by the turn of the century. … NOAA has also said there’s a near-certain likelihood that Boston will see at least one flood above 6 feet by 2050.

→Source: Business Insider

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