FEMA considers Boston to be in retrograde. Yet, Boston is catching up to other coastal cities. Amongst many harborfront private and public private projects has hidden gems such as Piers Park in East Boston and the Revive Pier 5 initiative in the Boston Navy yard at the Head of the Harbor.
It’s important to act now. With current economic turmoil private developers threaten public assets.
Learn more and participate in Boston adaptation.
Boston, as a coastal city, experiences a dichotomy between sociopolitical economic progress and the challenge to building equitable resiliency..
This will require shifting the narrative and making systemic changes in climate resiliency-building, multisector collaboration and developing more innovative models of stakeholder engagement.
– Magdalena Ayed, Founder and Executive Director of The Harborkeepers
Equitable Resiliency, Progress & Collaboration, Boston Rising Seas Response
Urge our Leaders
Harbor Habitat Factors
Building on Pier 5 compounds the problems below
Restoring and Reopening Landmark Park Pier 5 catalyses the benefits below
Pledge to Protect Boston Harbor and the Public Waterfront.
The People’s Harbor belongs to all of us, not just to the wealthy. I pledge to support everyone’s right to access Boston’s waterfront and ensure that all development is built to withstand the impacts of our changing climate.
Pier 5 Association Petition
The Pier 5 Association is making significant progress protecting the unique public legacy for future generations.
Signing the Petition to Protect Pier 5 petition and sharing with your friends supports the noble activism protecting green space and public harbor access from aggressive threats of privatization of the last open public waterfront in Boston. The P5A has received threats from recent developers. Please promote climate resiliency, happy and health for the People’s Harbor.
We urge you to sign our petition, supporting green spaces and community resources, rather than privatization of the last open public waterfront area in the city.
We welcome passionate volunteers to join us in our mission to inspire and affect resilient, revitalized, and accessible waterfront for all. You will be joining an alliance changing Boston’s public space for generations to come.
Visit our Maritime Library to learn more about the missions and interests of various community initiatives and institutions.
Public Waterfront Access!
Please reach out to the leaders and organizations beginning with the emails below. Explain why you oppose privatization, what you would like to see in the pier and the area Tell (or remind:)) the City/Boston Planning and Development Agency of their obligation to maintain public open areas. Explain why you think it is important for the generations to come. Please, don’t wait and send your comments ASAP.
Over 200 Bird Species depend on the Harbor Habitat. In late fall and winter, great flocks of waterfowl gather in harbor waters.
– National Park Service Massachusetts
Birds depend on the pier for play, biodiversity, to hunt, feed, and breed
Birding (Bird Watching) – Audubon Auspices
Absence of bird songs is noise pollution
Absence of Natural Sounds such as Birds affects Mental Health
It is an urgent ecological warning like a bird in a mine.
Loss of Birds is Loss of Habitat
To build a bird sanctuary cost……
Gulls, terns, herons, ducks, geese, hawks, cormorants, plovers, sandpipers, doves, owls, woodpeckers, hawks, songbirds and perching birds to name a few
Be Aware of the Birds!
What to do?
Do what we know is right. Use our toolkit to reach out to decision makers Sign the CLF Pledge the Pier5.org Alliance Petition
Coastal cities around the world are realising forward oriented climate resilience, adaptive Nature Based Urban Planning Solutions. Boston is considered by FEMA to be in “retrograde” in global context.
Acoustical Impacts of Overdevelopment
Recovering from a Pandemic, open space is critical
Sounds are important for public mental health
Noise reflection and echoing perpetually increase
Building on Pier 5 would compound and perpetuate sound festering problems
Due to increased commercial operations at Pier 6, group visitors have escalated noise decibels and litter
Pier 5 Landmark Park offers endless educational programming opportunities. For example, New York’s Waterfront Alliance integrates the study of harbors, rivers, and estuaries into the everyday curriculum of elementary, middle, and high school students with it’s Harbor Literacy Points which outlines key topics, learning opportunities, and resources offered by proximity to the waterfront. Harbor Literacy Points aims to increase interactive learning with urban waterways.
Harbor Literacy outlines a five-point progressive agenda for a harbor that is: strong, healthy, open, working, and managed.
Courageous Sailing, beloved and globally recognized public sailing center, provides valuable learning for children. With private development of public Pier 5 would have ended Courageous Sailing Center. Would more buildings have gone up on Pier 4 if Courageous couldn’t call it home any longer?
Survey suggestions for educational programming and collaborative ideas include:
Climate Ready Boston program Resilience Fellowship
Outdoor Art programs
Ecological Innovation competitions.
See NSF in our library.
Vehicle Traffic. Increased number of golf carts zipping around on the boardwalk and doing a cordial job. But they’re there. Did the slips number increase with the overhaul? Was there a traffic study?
Pedestrian – Minor streets are primarily residential in character with cul-de-sacs designed to preserve a major portion of the water’s edge for pedestrian activity. Pedestrian oriented. From that description, it is clear that Eighth Street was never meant to be a highly trafficked area. Pedestrian oriented. It is clear that Eighth Street was never meant to be a highly trafficked area. Minor streets are primarily residential in character with cul-de-sacs designed to preserve a major portion of the water•s edge for pedestrian activity.
Water Traffic. Higher capacity commercial marine activities increases parking demands and foot traffic. It also increases detrimental impact on the Pier 5 reef.
This is one example of the increased activities of 2021.
Educational Programs include Vessel traffic beyond recreational such as tankers. Broaden the lense of what the waterfront means.
Experiential, practical lessons about Maritime Commerce, Shipping, Logistics, Safety, and how it integrates with every day regional economy.
Also, play with birds and fishies and learn biology.
Maybe pushcarts of sorts : )
Pier 6 has rebuilt in full force and increasing structural capacities plumbed for a summer boom post covid.
More people want to be outdoors and the park behind flagship is becoming a destination point.
Build-Over Method ie: Helical pilings to bedrock at strategic positions.
Educational, Ecological value
Pier 5 Park renewal will include pier core samples taken for study.
Local Dedication. Pier 5 provides reflection on the heroes of industry and warfare that brought us here today. Saving public space for generations, waterfront experience access with a natural solution benefiting all residents and visitors.
All of the fun growing green
Learning from plants. Native species.
Ecological resilience and adaptation.
Overdevelopment Surface pollution/poor aeration stagnant water build up. Insects increase.
Marina activities/facilities contribute to pollution.
Reduced sunlight on North face of piers brings algae blooms congealing with surface pollution.
Increase boat bottom ablative paint consumption, time, servicing.
Pier 5 provides the city with symbiotic services at the Head of the Harbor.
Imagine a fish tank filter, or, a natural reef in the pacific.
Open to the public and educational, the renown Courageous Sailing Center would not be able operate with any development other than a park on Pier 5.
With privatization, the center would lose 50% of the water used by the sailboats for basic departure powered by wind and return for dockage in groups.
See Courageous Mission in the Harbor Library.
The new innovative East Boston city unto itself across the harbor has public sailing programs rivaling Courageous. Have friendly races started yet? They should. Bring East and West together.
Fish abundant in the Pier 5 reef.
Loss of Birds will disrupt symbiosis.
Pier 5 provides bioremediation for all of the boats and traffic pollution.
Aquatic Vitality – Dense pilings provides a significant intertidal zone providing important aquatic vitality
Natural bioremediation of runoff, boats etc.
Aquatic Vitality – Dense pilings provides a significant intertidal zone providing important aquatic vitality and natural bioremediation of runoff, boats etc. for the frequent fishing for recreation and sustenance for the public.
Deconstruction involves taking a building apart while carefully preserving valuable elements for reuse purposes, such as a park.
Demolition, or razing, involves tearing down of buildings and other artificial structures leaving nothing more than recycling and landfill.
Demolition = Severe Ecological Impact
“As Built” and other records missing responsibility.
The significant costs of demolish.
Wider base of customers by renewal of Public Park Pier 5.
Rather than finite number of units of a development.
Beloved Style Cafe will benefit from increased pedestrian visitors by renewing the Pier 5 Park.
Pier 6 Restaurant with renown view of the city would have been lost with privatization of Public Pier 5 Park.
Pier 6 Restaurant view, air quality, health sounds will improve by a park.
With any other development the view, health and draw would be significantly diminished.
Parking on Pier 6 is likely not economical use of the property. More people could be customers in the space used for parking now. Parking monthly rentals available next door.
More customers by foot would depend on public parking in the Navy Yard as a whole.
What is the Pier 6 weight capacity? What about all other piers? Last thorough inspections for each?
Sun + Air
Shade increase propagate algae, on the North Side of Navy Yard Piers with developments.
Air quality…. remember parking vents at pier 5.
Healthy Viewshed of Home and City
Views from the park in front of Paris Landing would be lost without a park.
Views walking along the boardwalk would be lost.
Healthy historic honoring and preservation
Meditative walks, yoga and picnics
Global value of open space has skyrocketed given climate change and covid reverberations of mass mental health challenges.
Modern Maritime Commerce
Engineering of facilities and vessels
Celebrate Boston’s Maritime History
Local Dedication. Pier 5 provides reflection on the heroes of industry and warfare that brought us here today.
Saving public space for generations, waterfront experience access with a natural solution benefiting all residents and visitors.
Value of the View
Calculate all constitution, flagship etc. units to have property value loss.
Loss of sense of place
COMPOUNDING SEGREGATION Community Resentment
Pier 5 redevelopment can continue the progress made in the Navy Yard ORdisrupt it
Loss of sense of place
COMPOUNDING SEGREGATION Community Resentment
Pier 5 redevelopment can continue the progress made in the Navy Yard ORdisrupt it
Learn more about Nature Based Solutions and the challenges we face.
Encroaching on Public Waterfront, Removing Historic Landmark Parks is
Ill conceived and Wrong
Boston is beginning to implement critical long term Nature Based climate resilience decisions
Boston Harbor Public Waterfront
New York City is a beacon of Nature Based Solutions for urban renewal and generations ahead of Boston.
The recent “Little Island” is the latest inspiring waterfront urban renewal achievement realised by New York City. A public space resilient to climate change using Nature Based Solutions.
Nature Based Solutions are also taking root just across the harbor in East Boston. Partial De-construction, historical, nostalgic, maritime folk culture.
Not too long ago, municipal records were known as “stacks”. Being a system of folders of paper documents. Many documents went missing before digital. Year by year Pier 5 has been omitted and obfuscated in published planning, status reports, regular maintenance records. An ambiguous ownership trail is left behind for historic Pier 5.
Decades of petty sociopolitical knots and sketchy sketches aside, we know Pier 5 is a Landmark Park which belongs to the public.
Municipal due-diligence failure is cause for extraordinary demolition costs, if need be. No one wants to own the price of renovating Pier 5. Pier 5 is a Landmark Park and simply needs renewal for the public.
Pier 5 Reimagine Challenge! Harbor Park Pier 5 Autumn Competition This fall we will begin a collaboration with Universities and Public institutions to create a Nature Based Solutions competition for Pier 5.
Waterfront Alliance outlines a five-point progressive agenda for a harbor – Strong, Healthy, Open, Working, and Managed.
Resilient Cities Network (R-Cities) aims to support cities and their CROs in future-proofing their communities and critical infrastructure. In this new stage of our work, we are guided by four principles.
1.0 City-led. Cities, represented by their CROs, participate in the governance of the network.
2.0 Impact-focused. We prioritize resilient projects that aim to improve the lives of city dwellers.
3.0 Regionally driven. Activities are designed with more flexibility to cater to member cities’ needs.
4.0 Partnership-based. Cities’ resilience activities aim to become self-sustainable in the near future.
Three themes Biomimicry, Buckminster, Olmstead.
Years of past proposals for renewal of Pier 5 have not been implemented. The imagination and implementation ideas competition begins soon! There are many visions that are being revisited.
We are working with internationally recognized engineer firms to determine the basis for design. Any design decisions are for naught until buildability is realised.
Imagination + Implementation
We help inform policy, elected leaders, decision makers and the public to preserve the waterfront and improve access for urban health, recreation and education. We are a unified voice for a public waterfront.
We encourage rightful public access to the waterfront
We encourage access to the Head of the Harbor Piers at the finality of the Boston Harbor Walk
Our allies help build consensus on important waterfront policy and planning issues as well as coming together on events
We are opposed to further privatization and loss of public property
Our community of concerned citizens do not profit by our efforts
We all know what needs to be done. Protect the waterfront from rising seas and privatization. Shovel Ready inaction is failing us.
Open urban space is invaluable. Every day of action counts.
We raise awareness about the imminent threats faced by the Head of Harbor and Boston Navy Yard. We are focused on Head of the Harbor progressive public park projects such as Piers Park in East Boston and the Revival of Pier 5.
We inspire and catalyse resilient, revitalized, and accessible waterfront through community engagement and education.
We foster the capacity of individuals, institutions, businesses, government and urban systems to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic climate stresses and acute shocks they might experience.
We bring together global knowledge, practice to learn more about the various communities, companies, Universities, institutions and groups involved in renewing Pier 5 Landmark Park.