Home to Downtown Crossing, Faneuil Hall and the Financial District, Downtown Boston is what comes to mind when thinking about a central business district. The dense package of skyscrapers make for picturesque views of Boston from neighboring sections of the city as well as the Boston Harbor. Though the area remains predominantly a 9 to 5 zone, residential development has been introduced to the area in a more meaningful way since 2010.
Since the 1980’s. the Leather District has shifted from a small urban industrial area into a convenient, if limited, office and residential section of the city. It’s close proximity to South Station makes it a desirable location to commute and travel from. The loft style properties that remain are well suited for artists and start ups. As large scale development continues at South Station, expect the Leather District to gain in popularity and density.
Saddled up to its loving big brother (the Back Bay), the South End has very much become one of the most desirable neighborhoods of Boston for living and dining. With a variety of attractions for both residents and tourists, the South End still has a large pocket for development on its (excuse the pun) south end. Former industrial areas are rapidly being converted into luxury housing and upscale office and life science clusters.
Once a farm town on the south side of the city, Roxbury is now an important cultural neighborhood of greater Boston. With the Jackson Square and Roxbury Crossing MBTA stations on the westerly side of the town, Roxbury is a desirable location for renters and commuters.
With a significantly larger geographic footprint than any other Boston neighborhood, Dorchester is comprised of a diverse set of residents and businesses. Dozens of development plans for Dorchester have been submitted to BPDA to go along with the numerous projects currently under construction.
Formerly known as the South Boston Waterfront, the Seaport has undergone a massive transformation since 2010. With a multitude of large projects in the pipeline, the vast scale of development is not expected to slow down any time soon.
A rapidly changing neighborhood of Boston, “Southie,” made nationally famous via a handful of Hollywood portrayals, has been gentrifying and developing in earnest since the late 1990’s when Whitey Bulger and co. moved on from the area. However, the scale of development over the next 20 years may be even more impressive as warehouses and industrial uses on the western side of the neighborhood evolve towards retail and residential applications. The scale of development potential, combined with a well built out transportation node (MBTA’s Red Line), will expedite development along the Dorchester Avenue corridor.
With an abundance of waterfront land and conveniently located public transportation, Revere is squarely in the path of progress for metro Boston development. Largely oriented around the Wonderland MBTA station and various vacant sites including Suffolk Downs, the future is likely to be compelling for Revere’s prosperity.
With an extensive mix of cultures and an impressive waterfront, Eastie is a staple neighborhood of Boston’s makeup. Often compared to Hoboken in New Jersey, East Boston’s view of the Boston skyline is a premier feature of this up and coming area. The MBTA Blue Line services East Boston with 5 stops along the route.
Home to Boston’s Italian-American community, the North End has a European and old-fashioned feel. The narrow streets, deep history, incredible restaurants, pastry shops and other sought out sites make this neighborhood a core section of Boston’s fabric. Limited development sites exist but infill development of legacy institutional buildings (churches, schools, etc) do exist.
Known for its historical roots and “Townie” culture, Charlestown has evolved into a modern and lively neighborhood. Served by the Orange Line and multiple MBTA bus lines, Charlestown’s proximity to the North Station area and the rest of downtown makes it a convenient place to live while being just outside the core of the city. While not a huge landmass (it’s roughly one square mile), Charlestown continues to be ripe for development with a significant number of projects in the pipeline.
Home to TD Garden, the West End has a concentration of mid to high rise residential buildings which are complemented by a variety of bars, restaurants and smaller office spaces. Sporting events and concerts bring large numbers of visitors into this neighborhood from a variety of different communities. Developments of many project types are underway in this sport and transit oriented section of Boston. It is served by the MBTA’s Green Line, Orange Line, Commuter Rail and bus service.