Climate Ready Boston heard from Charlestown about their ideas for building resilience in their neighborhood.
Areas in Charlestown face current and growing risks from coastal flooding and sea level rise. We're working to find ways to stop these flooding pathways, and asked the community for their input and local knowledge to help identify the best solutions. We recently hosted an open house event to educate residents about the coastal flooding risks, and some of the ways to protect and enhance Charlestown.
The open house overviewed the current flooding risks in Charlestown, and provided a context for how the project is working alongside the Boston Transportation Department’s Rutherford Ave. and Sullivan Square Design Project. Next, we asked people about their general concerns in the neighborhood. Many people cited connectivity, flooding, development density, and access to healthcare as major areas of concern.
Our team then asked people to participate in a game to understand tradeoffs that often occur for coastal development and protection projects. Although hypothetical, it gives people an idea of how difficult it can be to balance a variety of options and priorities during development.
The open house ended with a station to gauge people’s interests in different kinds of waterfront elements. Many people preferred natural, ecosystem green spaces but are also open to seating and rows of trees.
You can read the full report about the open house here, and stay tuned for the final design solutions for both Charlestown and East Boston to be announced sometime this fall.