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

Tuesday, November 7 from 1:15 PM to 3:30 PM | 205B « Back

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), Chelsea Creek also connects low- and moderate-income 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" for what is possible with resilient planning and design. The Cities of Boston, Revere, and Chelsea have all undertaken major resiliency planning efforts with implementation underway. These plans focus on climate and on social and racial equity, among other issues. Building on an analysis of select parcels around Chelsea Creek using the SITES framework, the charrette will present a set of core questions for further analysis and discussion. WaterBuild attendees will have the opportunity to inform the development of a set of recommendations for resilience in policy, planning, design, and development in this unique part of the Boston Metropolitan Area.

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 Chelsea Creek.

Contrast local resiliency challenges with possible solutions, through the SITES framework.

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

Learning Level:

Level 300 - Application/Implementation


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Event Type: WaterBuild Summit > Session