Exploring the Seaport District

Ed Greable Blogger April 28, 2018

Once a barren waterfront characterized primarily by parking lots and a few businesses, the Seaport District is now one of the hottest sections of the city of Boston. Situated between the beautiful waterfront and the historic Fort Point district, Seaport now boasts a community of artists, entrepreneurs and innovators that has cultivated a culture all of its own. While the neighborhood is steeped in history, it still manages to offer a youthful and creative vibe.

Seaport Housing

Housing in Seaport is primarily in the form of a industrial loft or a luxury building. Many of the developments within the neighborhood once served a different purpose. The 319 A Street condos, for example, are housed in a 100-year-old building that was once owned by the Boston Wharf Co. As such, there is plenty of historic charm and exposed brick to be found in the Seaport District. New luxury towers are also increasingly finding a spot for development in Seaport.

Seaport History

Over 150 years ago, the area that is now known as the Seaport District was nothing more than a muddy slap in the Boston Harbor. In fact, much of the area was actually under water until the 1800s. As such, the area did not really serve any useful purpose until it served as a harbor the early 20th century for ships to deliver raw materials to the factories that were beginning to develop in the area. The Seaport District soon became a bustling commercial port, but growth ended in the mid 1900s when factories began to shut down or move elsewhere.

After its decline, the Seaport District became nothing more than a desolate wasteland of empty warehouse and parking lots. Redevelopment didn’t begin until the late 1960s when Mayor Kevin White sought to bring the area back to its old glory. This vision was then carried out by Mayor Tom Menino who pushed for the construction of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Seaport Socializing

The Seaport District has quickly grown to be the home of a great number of opportunities to socialize and otherwise enjoy culture and nightlife opportunities. The number of restaurants available in the district is seemingly endless, with an estimated four restaurant seats for every home in the area. The district is also home to breweries and a variety of art galleries. The Institute of Contemporary Art, the Boston Fire Museum and the Boston Tea Party Museum are also both located in the area, while the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion offers concerts and other entertainment.

Of course, the Harborwalk in Seaport also offers great opportunities to take in views of the water. Many restaurants and other attractions can also be found along the Harborwalk, including opportunities to take a cruise on the Spirit of Boston.

One of the hottest neighborhoods in Boston in terms of development, this South Boston neighborhood has much to offer to those who wish to call the area their home. While many aspects of the neighborhood are still under development, there are already plenty of restaurants, museums and other sources of entertainment available right in the neighborhood.

 

 

 

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