Boston’s Seaport District


Boston’s Seaport District is the section of the city just over the Fort Point Channel and adjacent to South Boston proper. This area has undergone a revitalization over the last two decades as many of the old warehouses and industrial spaces have been repurposed into lofts, offices, and in some cases, taken down and replaced with new structures. An initial push from the arts community helped to start the transformation in the Fort Point section of the Seaport (a few blocks adjacent to the Fort Port Channel). An area of the city once known for its shipping, fishing and other industrial uses, and then later known for its seemingly endless parking lots and urban decay, is now growing and thriving. With the completion of the Big Dig and the removal of the elevated Central Artery, the Seaport feels much more a part of Downtown Boston, and developers have been eager to capitalize on the spectacular views of the city skyline as well as the waterfront itself. Major hotels have sprung up over in the last 15 years including The Seaport Boston, the Westin Boston Waterfront, and the Renaissance Boston Waterfront, and cultural destinations have followed. Key attractions in the area include the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), the Bank of America Pavilion and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Residential developments include Fort Point Place, 22 Liberty Fan Pier, The Macallen Building and Channel Center.

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