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The Future of Downtown Boston

Learn about how the City of Boston wants to revive and reimagine Downtown Boston.

Quincy Market in downtown Boston on a sunny day.

The future of Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market is a vibrant hub and marketplace with diverse tenants, programming, and customers.

Photo by BOStoday team

Making our way downtown, where things will soon look + feel different if everything goes according to the City of Boston’s plan to revitalize the area.

The goal: Create a thriving downtown space for everyone to connect, live, work, and play in new + exciting ways. What’s not to love about that?

Since the pandemic closures + challenges, downtown is still on the road to recovery, with the foot traffic still around half of the pre-COVID-19 counts and only ~30% of area offices are occupied.

The revitalization plan includes expanding housing options, enhancing economic opportunity for women + minority-owned businesses, and supporting connectivity and mobility downtown.

How are they going to do it?

  • Relaunch PLAN Downtown.
  • Identify alternative uses for city-owned public space, like City Hall Plaza.
  • Fund new events + programming and continue Together Again Boston events.
  • Introduce “pedestrianization” of certain streets (think: Open Newbury).
  • Launch a $9 million program in December to provide rent subsidies for retail businesses across the city.
  • Re-imagine Faneuil Hall Marketplace + Quincy Market.

Want to be part of the conversation? Plan ahead to join the PLAN: Downtown team in relaunching the Downtown planning process at the kick-off event on Wed., Nov. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Downtown Crossing. Bonus: There will be hot cider since the meeting will be outside.

Tell us: what will motivate you to spend more time downtown?