Boston is well recognized for its historic waterfront and harbor. Yet, the future of this public treasure cannot be taken for granted.
In the absence of a long-term, comprehensive vision and robust stewardship, Boston’s waterfront will remain at the mercy of rapid, and often uncoordinated, parcel-by-parcel development.
Moreover, given what we know about climate change and the attendant risks of sea-level rise, existing waterfront communities and prospective plans for development along the water’s edge deserve special attention. In this context, in May 2016, Barr publicly launched a Special Initiative to promote a great public realm throughout the Boston Harbor waterfront—one that:
Provides exceptional parks and accessible open spaces;
Engages and reflects the full range of Boston neighborhoods and their residents;
Welcomes people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities;
Enables responsible development that is attentive to the public’s interest, design excellence, and mobility; and
Seamlessly addresses the critical need for resiliency and adaptation to climate change.
As of January 1, 2018, Barr has awarded 21 grants totaling $9,315,000 as part of this Special Initiative. Information on these grants is available below.
To support the Fort Point Neighborhood Association's efforts to create an alliance of waterfront residents to collectively address environmental, economic, and social issues related to living at the water's edge.