SCAPE is working with the City of Boston to develop a neighborhood-level resilience strategy to address the impact of coastal flooding and sea-level rise in Dorchester, the largest and most diverse neighborhood in Boston. In collaboration with a large team, SCAPE is focusing on strategies that leverage existing open spaces along the shoreline, enhance the area’s physical and social resilience, and simultaneously solve for issues of connectivity, accessibility, and equity.
Bounded on the East by the Massachusetts Bay and to the south by the Neponset River, Dorchester’s low-lying coastline is particularly vulnerable to the effects of flooding, further exacerbated by sea-level rise. As the effects of climate change grow more acute, homes, businesses, open space, and key transportation routes will be put at risk.
To inform the decision-making process behind various resilience strategies, the SCAPE team held a series of community and stakeholder engagement sessions including two open houses and attendance to numerous existing neighborhood meetings, all designed to educate and involve attendees beyond the typical ‘information session’-style event. As part of these sessions, SCAPE developed a range of materials, including flipbooks, boards, plans, physical models, sections, and axons, to illustrate benefits, trade-offs and programmatic opportunities associated with design alternatives.
A key component of the engagement effort has been the development of a Coastal Resilience Vocabulary defining a range of potential interventions and the advantages of each, distributed to stakeholders and participants as part of the engagement workshops. Visit the official City website for Climate Ready Dorchester here.
- City of Boston, Department of the Environment, Energy and Open Space
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Woods Hole Group