Head of Boston Harbor Greenway Chronology

A visual history provides critical temporal context and birds eye perspective of complex human landscaping.

An ambiguous ownership trail is left behind for historic Pier 5. Decades of petty sociopolitical knots and sketchy sketches aside, we know Pier 5 is a Landmark Park which belongs to the public.

Not too long ago, municipal records were known as “stacks”. Many documents went missing before digital. Year by year, maps were redrawn with creative interest, properties obfuscated in published planning. The BPDA will now be helping P5A illustrate our history to plan investment in the future Charlestown social justice and well being.

…questions of social justice and injustice are essential topics to confront when trying to understand the human landscape. These questions must also be at the center of our attention as we challenge ourselves to build better, healthier environments in the future.

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P5A is working with the Norman B Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library to research historical Charlestown Maps .

As a part of our collaborative progress with the BPDA to cultivate social equity. Official maps the BPDA should have on record will also be made available for public viewing on this page.

We highly recommend the timely current exhibit at the Leventhal Map & Educational Center. It speaks directly to the current critical and systemic imbalance of social justice and recreational equity in Charlestown.

More or Less in Common: Environment and Justice in the Human Landscape

Norman B Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
March 18–December 28, 2022

In More or Less in Common: Environment and Justice in the Human Landscape, we take a look at how questions of social justice and injustice are essential topics to confront when trying to understand the human landscape. These questions must also be at the center of our attention as we challenge ourselves to build better, healthier environments in the future. Through maps as well as photographs, images, and data visualizations, this exhibition encourages you to confront stories about how environmental conditions have sometimes served to worsen inequalities along lines of social division. At the same time, our shared environment offers the possibility to bring people together across differences and the inspiration to forge new kinds of common action.

As the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston was filled to make new land, nineteenth-century Bostonians were forced to consider the natural geographies that connected land and water. The Stony Brook watershed, shown in blue on this 1860s map, crossed multiple then-independent towns, raising questions about what happens when social and ecological boundaries cross each other.
As the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston was filled to make new land, nineteenth-century Bostonians were forced to consider the natural geographies that connected land and water. The Stony Brook watershed, shown in blue on this 1860s map, crossed multiple then-independent towns, raising questions about what happens when social and ecological boundaries cross each other.

cite: https://www.leventhalmap.org/exhibitions/

Chronological Maps of the Charlestown Navy Yard Development

The quality of the images we have readily available on this website will be improved as BPDA begin to work with P5A on making Pier 5 a park for greater Recreational Equity in Charlestown. Reconnect Boston Navy Yard to Charlestown.

Recreational Equity:
Particular Definition of Place

Affordable recreational space is legally drawn according budgets, outdated statistics and political whim. This flat map thinking results in Green Space being designed by quota. The design usually results in a Yard, not a Green Space Park. 

Official definitions of recreational areas are used interchangeably in official Charlestown maps and drawings: Open Space, Green Space, Recreational Space, Sports Area, Exercise Space, Playground, Memorial, Open Lot, Yard, Plaza, Promenade, Pier, Sports-field and Park. 

This is one symptom and cause of social inequity. A Yard is different than a Park. A prison yard is not defined as a prison park. There are vital differences. 

Each definition facilitates particular purposes and social values for different demographics.

Social Justice defined…  

Components of Social Equity include: 

Social Equity is a Just determination of the balance of public well being across socio-economic borders. Mapping of Recreation spaces in Charlestown is sub par and varies widely over the years.