[gallery] Bostons 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.
From February 22-March 2, 2014 the Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show returns to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The show has become the largest boat show in New England, filling 300,000 square feet of space and features hundreds of boats and marine accessories offering something for beginning boaters to expert sailors. If you are new to the water and are looking for some good advice on how to get into boating, be sure to check out the Welcome to the Water booth. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice on how to boat on a budget. For those already on the water, the show features a jam-packed seminar schedule for the DIY boater. Seminars cover a range of topics regarding general boat and motor maintenance and include question and answer sessions as well as demonstrations. Sessions run daily in Booth 2048. In addition to the DIY sessions, be sure to check out the Seminar Series presented by Boatwise Marine Training. These seminars take place throughout the hall and cover a wide range of topics. Some of the seminars are what you would expect to find at a boat show (Moving Up to a Larger Sailboat, How to Qualify for Your Coast Guard Captains License, Understanding the Nautical Chart, etc..). But there are also some that may be of interest to the more casual boat fan, or anyone that likes a good story. Author and sailor Judith Silva will be speaking about her sailing adventures in presentations entitled The Voyage of the Yankee Lady, Circumnavigating New England on a Sailboat and Voyage of the Albatross - Journey to the Bahamas. Blogger and cruiser Tig will also be speaking. Not to be left out are those of us that like to keep our feet on dry land but enjoy the drama of a good reality series. Captain Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com which is featured on National Geographic Channels hit show Wicked Tuna will also be making appearances at the show. Be sure to check the show website for seminar and appearance schedules as well as additional information and a list of presenters. The convention runs from February 22-March 2, 2014, and the hours vary by day.
Admission is $15 for adults, children under 15 free, and tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is located at 415 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210.
Described as one of the most significant and coveted waterfront sites on the East Coast, Bostons Fan Pier has been a driving force behind the massive change that has swept through the Seaport District.
No area of Boston has been more affected by the citys recent building boom than the Seaport District. Once a huge swath of land, filled with loading docks and parking lots, many local Bostonians once considered this neighborhood to be an industrial wasteland. That all changed in 1998 with the construction of the Moakley Courthouse. Since then, the Seaport District has been transformed into one of Bostons biggest up-and-coming hot spots. Home to Bostons World Trade Center and the new Convention Center, the district features wide pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, new parks and a harbor walk. New buildings are springing up in the Seaport District more than in any other part of the city. These new buildings are home to hotels, luxury apartments and five-star restaurants.
The Fan Pier is a multi-million dollar development in the heart of it all, featuring restaurants, shops and office space with views of Boston Harbor. The 21-acre project spans nine blocks of the Seaport District. Built on old parking lots, the modern buildings are surrounded by beautiful landscaping and well-lit walkways. There is also a new cove marina equipped with docks to accommodate boat owners.
With most of the development finished, the final two buildings are currently under construction. Named Twenty Two Liberty, these two 14-story residential buildings will be made entirely out of glass and consist of luxury condos. Built on the waterfront, the condo units will feature floor-to-ceiling windows and private decks overlooking the harbor.
The complex will offer studios and 1-3 bedroom condos. The price range per unit is said to be between $900,000 to $4 million.
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Since the announcement of an exploratory committee to analyze the possibility of bringing the 2024 Summer Olympic Games to Boston, there has been a great divide among supporters of the plan and people who strongly oppose it. Now the city of Boston has won the bid to be the official US city in the final round and is a strong contender to host the 2024 games.
In January, the Boston 2024 Committee released its initial plans to the public, which has triggered and new round of controversy. Many Boston residents who oppose holding the Olympics here, believe that the city does not have the infrastructure to withstand such a massive event and that the price tag would outweigh potential benefits. Supporters of the plan point to the fact that Boston has the ability to utilize the housing and sports facilities of the many major colleges and universities around the city. They also believe that the Olympics would give the city an incentive to overhaul the transportation system and develop parts of Boston. There is no doubt that developments in transportation and real estate would last generations after the Olympic games.
The initial plans released call for the development of the area around the Convention Center in the Seaport District and an Olympic Stadium to be built in the heart of Boston. The location of the stadium would be in Widett Circle, which is currently an industrial park with a consortium of railroads, warehouses and loading docks, surround by an elevated highway. The area surrounding the stadium would be redeveloped into a new neighborhood known as Midtown, complete with parks, athletic fields and housing facilities.
The stadium and surrounding area would be connected to the rest of Boston through the redevelopment of the Fort Point Channel, which would be transformed into an Olympic Boulevard. There would be new walkways, landscaping and lighting along with the construction of new pedestrian bridges across the channel.
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