WB05 - Charrette: Resiliency, Equity, and Water Management at Chelsea Creek

Tuesday, November 7 from 1:15 PM to 3:30 PM | 257AB

Abstract Text:

Chelsea "Creek" is one of four major rivers that flow into Boston Harbor. Its tidal ecosystem was largely destroyed in the 19th and 20th centuries, as its shores were reshaped for industrial uses, and its surrounding marshes developed for housing. It remains an industrial waterway today, and lies in a complex overlay of federal, state, and local regulations governing the port and adjacent Logan Airport. Abutting an area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), it also connects low and moderate communities from three different cities -- Boston, Chelsea, and Revere- areas that are very likely to be flooded during a catastrophic climate event. Rethinking Chelsea Creek is an opportunity for environmental, social, and economic revitalization that could serve as a "demonstration site" as to what is possible with resilient design. The charrette will build on, and help to integrate, major planning efforts currently underway. The Cities of Boston, Revere, and Chelsea have all undertaken major resiliency planning efforts. Plans focused on climate, on social and racial equity, and Imagine Boston 2030, Boston's first citywide plan in 50 years, are currently being implemented. The charrette will take a holistic approach: across topics, across ownership parcels, and across municipal boundaries. WaterBuild attendees will have the unique opportunity to inform local planning efforts, providing ideas for specific sites as well as identifying potential for regulatory and policy reform.

Learning Objectives:

Understand the City of Boston’s and the City of Revere’s context requiring action on development, water infrastructure, and social equity

Identify key water management actions appropriate for the neighborhood and community surrounding Suffolk Downs

Contrast local resiliency challenges with possible solutions

Define design alternatives that the two cities can explore further in order to transform Suffolk Downs into a more resilient, equitable community

Learning Level:

Level 300 - Application/Implementation


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Education Tracks: WaterBuild Summit

Event Type: WaterBuild Summit > Session