Water Use Planning—Boston Harbor

by Maurice Freedman, Sasaki Associates Inc, Watertown, MA, USA,
Varoujan Hagopian, Sasaki Associates Inc, Watertown, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterfront Planning and Development


Boston's urban waterfront is at a unique juncture in history. Although the waterfront's historic heavy industrial and transportation uses have all but collapsed, small but vital enclaves of the traditional working waterfront still remain, and newer technologies such as containerized cargo show signs of reversing the decline in shipping tonnage. At the same time, pressures for downtown living and working space have resulted in luxury office, residential and commercial/retail development on underutilized and vacant prime waterfront properties. This paper establishes a methodology for harbor planning based on comprehensively evaluating the water resource, categorizing the vessels which use the harbor, and prioritizing locational decisions for facilities which accommodate watercraft based on how their physical and operational characteristics related to the water resources.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Municipal water | Urban areas | Resource management | Harbor facilities | Case studies | Massachusetts | United States

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