UPCOMING WHARF DISTRICT COUNCIL MEETING
OCTOBER 19, 2021
ABOUT THE WHARF DISTRICT COUNCIL
ENSURE PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
is responsible and high quality.
EFFICIENT ISSUE RESOLUTION
to address neighborhood needs and respond to change.
Maintain the character
of this distinctive historical waterfront neighborhood, including a vibrant mix of businesses, hotels and restaurants along with residential buildings & non-profits such as the Greenway & New England Aquarium.
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The Wharf District Council covers the area known as the wharfs and surrounding lands. The neighborhood includes City Wharf, Long Wharf, Central Wharf, India Wharf, Rowes Wharf, Griffin Wharf, Independence Wharf, Russia Wharf, Town Cove and the Rose Kennedy Greenway Park Parcels within the area boundaries. The WDC also includes:
North: to include Quincy Market area, Long Wharf, and parts of Christopher Columbus Park
East: Boston Harbor
South: Congress Street
West: Congress Street
OUR MISSION: To bring the neighborhood together to discuss and deal with matters related to planning, development, construction, transportation and community related issues.
The Wharf District Council (WDC) is a 501(C)4 non-profit neighborhood organization, recognized by the Mayor's Office and the City of Boston as representing the community on matters relating to planning, development, construction, programming events and transportation in the District. It serves as the neighborhood's voice in matters that require a community opinion and/or action. Its purpose is to help the decision makers make the right decisions on our community related issues
The membership is made up of residents, hotels, non-profit institutions, small businesses and A Better City, representing the major businesses in the District.
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month. Meetings include council members selected by each member organization, as well as non-voting participants from local organizations, the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Each member organization has one vote. Meetings are open to the public.
Established in 2010, the WDC evolved from the Wharf District Task Force (WDTF), created in 2001. The WDTF was established during the “Big Dig Project” – the demolition of the Central Artery and creation of the Rose Kennedy Greenway – to represent the community on the Mayor’s Central Artery Completion Task Force.
A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Those of us who live or work in the Wharf District are honored to be a part of one of the most historically significant and wonderfully flourishing neighborhoods in the world. The impact of Boston’s harbor and the surrounding community on America’s political and maritime narrative is irrefutable. This community is a success story on how to knit a city together after having been torn apart by vehicle-based urban planning decisions of the 1950’s. The Wharf District Council takes to heart our responsibility to be thoughtful stewards of the District’s many great qualities – to protect its past while encouraging its future in ways that are consistent with its evolution over the past four hundred years.
We look to our membership to determine how best to represent our collective aspirations, and we ask everyone who has a vested interest in the District to become engaged. We provide opportunities for our members to learn about the area’s past, present, and future. We research and seek to understand the impact on our community of issues from development to climate. We advocate for policies and tactics that enhance and protect our collective interests. Our recently completed "WDC Public Realm Vision," below, is an example of the effort and impact that we can undertake to advance the public discourse about what is best for our community. We are the only organization exclusively devoted to being the voice of the Wharf District, and we ask you – resident or business – to join us to make our conversations fully representative.
Marc Margulies, FAIA, LEED AP
Wharf District Council President
After nearly a year of stakeholder meetings, public charrettes, conceptual design sketching, and review/revision, we now have a video that should serve to inspire conversation and guidance focused on our three primary goals of:
Climate resilience (detailed solutions for protecting our part of the shoreline from rising sea levels)
Connectivity (from downtown to the harbor, from North to South)
Accessibility (to all amenities along the water’s edge by people of all demographics, ages and abilities)
Thank you to all those who gave their time and treasure to make this video possible. We hope you too will enjoy thinking about the exciting future that it suggests for our community. We encourage you to share it with your friends and colleagues, and remember, it doesn’t pretend to propose solutions but rather start constructive conversations.