We work with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to afford a fully accessible, climate resilient, recreational and educational 4 season open waterfront and green habitat for all to enjoy!
Boston Redevelopment Authority recognizes the historic, healthful value of Pier 5.
Purpose of M.G.L. Chapter 9 is to protect the public interest in the waterways of the Commonwealth. It ensures that the public rights to fish, fowl and navigate are not unreasonably restricted and that unsafe or hazardous structures are repaired or removed.
Charlestown Navy Yard Piers Due Diligence Accountability
The current Pier 4 unfortunate situation could have been prevented. Reactionary post-hoc out of season maintenance impacts recreational equity of people from all walks of life from around the globe. Adjacent Pier 5 is the largest pier and facing similar circumstances.
Recreational Equity including resilient and accessible waterfront through community engagement and education.
We bring together diverse communities, companies, Universities, leaders, institutions and groups involved in renewing Boston Harbor.
We don’t believe privatizing public waterfront is appropriate and contrary to concepts of socio-ecological justice, quality of life and public access rights to amenities of real waterfront green and open space.
Everything that happens on the Harbor has an immediate socio-economic and ecological impact on Charlestown in particular, and Boston overall.
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Affordable recreational space is legally drawn according budgets, outdated statistics and political whim.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…
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.
Boston Harbor Greenway Chronology
A visual history provides critical temporal context and birds eye perspective of complex human landscaping.
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.
To undertake action to preserve, restore, renovate Charlestown Navy Yard Pier 5 for its use as a historic, ecologic, marine/maritime public park/open space for use by citizens of City of Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and visitors and to undertake any and all legal activities to cause the vision of Pier 5 as a public waterfront park for educational, recreational, climate resilience and social justice and charitable purpose, to come into being and to be able to acquire, maintain and sustain Pier 5 in perpetuity for such public educational, historic, recreational and maritime/marine use at the historic Head of
Boston Harbor for the benefit of the public as a charitable corporation. Upon dissolution, any remaining assets will be donated for charitable or educational purposes to an entity providing services to the youth or residents of Charlestown Massachusetts or which provide historic, maritime or educational purposes associated with the Boston Navy Yard or Boston Harbor.
Independent engineering firms to determine the present condition of Pier 5 and confirmed restoration options park feasibility.
We inspire the capacity of individuals, institutions, businesses, government and urban systems to adapt to climate stresses and shocks.
We have organized numerous public family boardwalk community events, meetings & engagements to reactivate Pier 5 as a National Historic Park destination.
Advocate for the Courageous Sailing Center. Water based recreation like expansion of the world renown Courageous Sailing Center.
Organizing innovative nature based climate resilient landscape design focus by prospective studios and Universities. resilient and accessible waterfront through community engagement and education.
Researching thousands of documents including the original plans, present conditions and legal obligations of the Boston Redevelopment Authority to Pier 5 and the Charlestown Navy Yard historic district.
Correcting Disinformation by Private interest.
We helped prevent the 2021 privatization proposals.
Cite Impact Reports: Socio-ecological, Socio-economic, Social Justice, Environmental Impact Studies, Engineering Reports (years), Demographics, Transportation, Ecological Resilience, United Nations Sustainability Goals, Tourism, Locals, National History, Local Economic Losses due to disrepair.
Analysis Reports including: Historical, Engineering Structural Feasibility, Flood Risk, Acoustic Impacts, Heat Island, Flood berm, Urban Reef, Ornithology Habitat and more.