Shape the Future of the Innovation District on South Boston’s Waterfront

The shimmering skyline of the South Boston Waterfront reflects years of planning and development, but the eventual transformation of the area has only just begun. Home to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Institute of Contemporary Art and a number of highly desirable commercial and residential properties, the Waterfront is a self-contained neighborhood where people can live and work, surrounded by world-class amenities and dramatic views of Boston Harbor.

A forum on Boston’s Innovation District is taking place this Thursday, offering business leaders, designers, city planners and interested citizens an opportunity to help envision the future of a huge parcel of undeveloped land on the Waterfront. The Boston Innovation District is a 1000-acre area designated last year by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino for creating mixed-use developments to help attract innovative companies. The project provides a wonderfully exciting set of development challenges, including opportunities to break new ground on important fronts such human factors engineering and inspiring, sustainable design.

Organized by Common Boston and the Urban Neighborhood Design Alliance (UNDA), the forum will feature a discussion panel representing a diverse range of disciplines and areas of expertise. Members of the audience will be encouraged to participate in the discussion. If you wish to attend, please see details below.

Thursday June 23, 2011

Optional boat tour 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Reception 6:30-7:00 p.m.
Forum discussion 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The boat tour will leave from Atlantic Wharf and return to the World Trade Center. The reception and forum discussion will be held at the offices of Shepley Bulfinch, 2 Seaport Lane.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations for the boat tour are welcome. Advance registration is recommended. To get more info and sign up to attend, register online or call 617-855-8272.


Blog post by the Joyce Lebedew Real Estate Team

Cityside or Water-View, At Home in South Boston

South Boston may appear on the map as a single location. But if you zoom in a little closer, you will discover distinct differences between the various neighborhoods and sections of town. If you are contemplating a move to South Boston, it’s good to be aware of these differences, as well as the diversity that characterizes South Boston as a whole.

There are parts of South Boston within easy walking distance of downtown. Other sections further out on the triangular peninsula are in close proximity to sandy beaches. Residents of the two areas see entirely different backdrops, each stunning in its own way. The cityside panorama to the west offers views of Back Bay, the Seaport District, and the Financial District; the water-view to the east encompasses the vast expanse of Boston Harbor and the ocean beyond.

These contrasting views of the city are emblematic of the many differences that distinguish other aspects of life in South Boston. On one hand, there’s the old South Boston, steeped in the culture and values of the working class; on the other, the more worldly perspectives of well-to-do newcomers. There are the proud descendents of Irish immigrants, and the influx of people representing a wide range of other nationalities, ethnic backgrounds and lifestyles.

South Boston isn’t a single entity. It’s a collection of distinctive neighborhoods, each with a character all its own. There’s City Point, with its upscale residences and soaring property values; then there’s the South Boston Waterfront district with its shiny new edifices and fine amenities. There’s the up-and-coming West End with its dense vitality and historic architecture; then there’s Fort Point Channel with its stylish lofts and art galleries.

Despite its many contrasts, South Boston is unified in one respect. The people who call it home haven’t arrived there by chance. They’ve either lived there all their lives or chosen to make it their home. As a result, South Boston is characterized by strong communities. It’s a place where residents pull together in times of need, for example, to help others displaced by a four-alarm fire or utility outage. It’s an area where you still find neighbors who look out for one another, take genuine pride in their neighborhoods and work together to make improvements.