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 September 1, 2017, Barr has awarded 13 grants totaling $6,635,000 as part of this Special Initiative. Information on these grants is available below.