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Climate Change and Economic Development in Chelsea

John DePriest, Planner and Development, Chelsea, MA
Monday, June 16 @ 4:05pm

ABSTRACT

The City of Chelsea, a suburb of Boston, is an economically distressed community. Originally serving as an area of farms for Boston settlers, the City changed rapidly once the industrial revolution took hold in America: Chelsea became a dense urban community housing successive waves of immigrants – a gateway community. At just under two square miles of land and completely built-out well over one hundred years ago, the City’s economic development strategy necessarily consists of urban redevelopment. As climate change becomes a reality, it is expected that Chelsea will be hard hit by sea-level change. This will affect the City’s efforts at attracting new development, residents, revenues, and jobs.

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