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Making Old Laws Work for Artists Today

What do you feel when you hear “Massachusetts General Law Chapter 91?” Sleepy? It doesn’t sound exciting, but if you’ve ever visited the Boston Harborwalk, enjoyed a day at the Children’s Museum, or admired the East Boston skyline from the ICA, you’ve benefited from Chapter 91!

This 1866 law protects public access to the state’s waterfront and allows the City and State to create and protect valued public places as part of new waterfront development. Led by our amazing partners at Isenberg Projects, the Agency team supported the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture and Boston Planning and Development Agency to assess what’s working and not about how they leverage the law today and to evaluate how they can best plan waterfront civic and cultural spaces in the future.

You can read the full report at the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture project homepage, here, and learn more about our role on the project here.