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An interactive story map on the East Boston Waterfront 

A storytelling project created in collaboration with MIT students
Karina Hinojosa, Kevin Ly, Tanner Bon, Sam Nitz.
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What are Designated Port Areas (DPA's)?

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Learn more about
Designated Port Areas
View the East Boston
DPA Boundary Map

DPA Boundary Review Process



The Office of Coastal Zone Management is charged with reviewing the boundaries of the Designated Port Areas, called a DPA Boundary Review process. 


Why is it important for a coastal neighborhood like East Boston to be actively engaged in a DPA Boundary Review process? With such rapid changes happening in the neighborhood like a waterfront development boom including the Suffolk Downs development project, expansion of Logan Airport facilities, effects of a global pandemic and increased climate impacts, there are a lot of moving parts of this changing urban waterfront landscape that will impact this Environmental Justice community. You can learn more about DPA's and Harbor Planning from the Gloucester Harbor Planning Committee's Key Terms and Definitions.

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Questions about the Chelsea Creek DPA Boundary Review? 


Joanna Yelen, Boston Harbor Regional Coordinator, MA Office of Coastal Zone Management


See the final decision issued on 9/9/22 by Coastal Zone Management below.

Climate Ready Boston

What are the policies and guidelines that guide what happens on the Boston waterfront? Learn more below.

Chapter 91 Guide


Boston Harbor Now Harborwalk database

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Designated Port Areas

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Climate Ready Boston

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East Boston Municipal Harbor Plan


Learn more about the "Big" Boston Harbor Clean-up

The clean-up of the Boston Harbor was an incredible feat. Why is the clean-up of the Boston Harbor so important to waterfront advocacy today? 

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Working Port News

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