We’ve all seen the flooding. Tides rising higher than ever spilling into the streets and causing damage and delays. Well, Mayor Marty Walsh has a plan and it involves a group effort from big businesses like Procter & Gamble, GE and don’t forget about all those wealthy developers. Walsh is also seeking FEMA grants and state and federal funding. So with all this capital will Boston build a wall straight out of Game of Thrones? No, it’s going be a neighborhood-by-neighborhood, project-by-project plan.
Walsh presented this plan at a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting on Wednesday. According to the Boston Globe, the plan involves creating new parks along the coastline in the hopes it will act as a buffer for the neighborhoods. New parks could be in the works for Tenean Beach and Belle Isle Marsh in East Boston. Low-lying streets like Morrissey Boulevard would also be raised up! (Thank God, finally!) Moakley Park will could also be built up by several feet to protect from flooding in addition to the banks of the Fort Point Channel.
The plan also includes building sea walls along privately owned parts of of the Harborwalk in the Seaport District.
So big changes on the horizon for the neighborhoods in danger of damaging flooding but of course it ain’t cheap. The total price tag is estimated to be $1 billion. Holy Moly.
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Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.
Virtually everything proposed in that illustration is on state-owned land. Does Suffolk Construction have some sort of secret super special eminent domain power?