Design a Better Fort Point Channel

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[MOD EDIT: From here.]

This was sort of inevitable... it makes no sense for manufacturing to be taking up prime real estate like that.

I know it will never happen but I'd like the city or state to fill in the Fort Point Channel and create a ton of new downtown developable land.
That should have been done during the Big dig / Masspike extension to save the taxpayers 10's of millions. Anyway, I'm guessing that the entire Gillette's South Boston campus goes up for sale.
 
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Neither the city nor the Commonwealth own the Fort Point Channel, so it can't be filled in. The 'owner' of Fort Point Channel is the capitalized entity below.
Navigable waters of the United States are those waters that are subject to the ebb and flow of the tide and/or are presently used, or have been used in the past, or may be susceptible for use to transport interstate or foreign commerce. A determination of navigability, once made, applies laterally over the entire surface of the waterbody, and is not extinguished by later actions or events which impede or destroy navigable capacity.
 

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Water front property even on FPC is more valuable. No developer wants to lose the water. It will eventually be surrounded by developments.
 

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That should have been done during the Big dig / Masspike extension to save the taxpayers 10's of millions. Anyway, I'm guessing that the entire Gillette's South Boston campus goes up for sale.
100% If we filled in even up to the summer street bridge you would spontaneously create billions of dollars in value. By my math that stretch encompasses roughly 24 acres. We need room to grow as a city. And we need money to pay for transit improvements...kill two birds with one stone.
 

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This talk of filling in Ft. Point Channel belongs in the crazy development pitches thread. It's not going to happen, nor should it happen. While we're at it, let's re-route the Charles in to a culvert so that we can reclaim thousands of acres for development. Boston has plenty of room to build on the current footprint, just need to go higher density, but we are nowhere close to maxed out.
 

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100% If we filled in even up to the summer street bridge you would spontaneously create billions of dollars in value. By my math that stretch encompasses roughly 24 acres. We need room to grow as a city. And we need money to pay for transit improvements...kill two birds with one stone.
You forget the Red line runs down the middle of this portion of the FPC. The daming, filling and redevelopment would problematic and very expensive.
 

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You forget the Red line runs down the middle of this portion of the FPC. The daming, filling and redevelopment would problematic and very expensive.
I remember them building the cofferdams and floating sections of the tunnel into place. The engineering was a marvel but the cost, ouch! Not to overlook the fact that the tunnel sprung a leak. I just don't see how constructing a permanent dam would have been that big of a deal, even with the red line underneath it. Yeah, I know, that's all water under the bridge (pun intended) now.
 

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well i guess while its brought up, i think it would be great if fort point was partially filled in to create two canals with a sort of island in the middle with row housing and retail, with pedestrian only access on the canal sides... basically amsterdam
 

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This is nowhere near the dumbest proposal this month, never mind ever
 

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