Bostonians can’t stop talking about the thriving Seaport District. Between new restaurants, condo construction and businesses flocking to the waterfront—including PWC and more recently, GE—there is no question what neighborhood is leading in Beantown trendiness.
This was highlighted at the BisNow Boston Annual State of the Seaport Event that took place on Wednesday, March 9. Developers and business owners alike gathered to sip on Starbucks and discuss the then-and-now of Boston’s hottest hood.
Here are some fun facts about the Seaport that I learned at the event:
- From the colonial area through WWII, the Seaport was, well- a thriving port! European shippers preferred to deliver goods through Boston over New York because traveling to the Bay State cut precious hours off their transit time.
- By the late 1960s, Boston’s major industry was no longer the import/export business and as a result, the Seaport district went flat. Literally. As you can see from pictures during the mid to late nineteenth century, the Harbor and its surround streets were transitioned into parking lots and unused, empty space.
- Many credit the late Boston Mayor Thomas Menino with seeing opportunity in that open space and revitalizing the Seaport. The Mayor paved the way for the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and the ICA museum, two major landmarks that are responsible for growing the Seaport’s footprint since the early 2000s.
- All eyes are on the Seaport in 2016. Bostonians are itching to move in and developers are working hard to meet the demands of the current tenants while expanded the amenities to attract long-term residents. For example, did you know that there is a church being built at 51 Seaport Boulevard? With news of a CVS—and now chatter of a grocery store—the Seaport is officially earning the title of a Boston “neighborhood.”