Thinking of moving to East Boston? Wondering if East Boston will still be a livable neighborhood in 2030?

What makes a neighborhood livable? Urban planner, Jane Jacob, describes that successful urban spaces share human scale, walkability, and a mixture of housing, shops, green space, and public buildings and also have mixed building density.

Do you think that East Boston fits this idea of a livable community? In the last 10 years, East Boston residents have experienced many changes surrounding their daily life. Will gentrification affect livability in these neighborhoods ?

The Imagine Boston 2030 project asked residents,
"What would you add/change to make your neighborhood an even better place to live?"

How well does East Boston compare to people's expectations for a livable neighborhood? According to Jane Jacobs's main factors make a neighborhood livable, included walkability, afforabilty and safety.


Vibrant Street Life

Bustling sidewalks filled with people walking and shopping make for vibrant neighborhoods.

High Building Density

Building density can reflect the energy of an area: a mix of building types close together create excitement.


Reasonable Rents

East Boston has traditionally been one of the city's more affordable neighborhoods, though rents have begun to rise leading to displacement of residents.

Diversity of People

East Boston has always attracted a diverse working class and immigrant population.


Well-lit streets

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East Boston in 2016

Median Rent:$1,062
Median household income:$54,409
Average household size:2.8 people

Jane Jacobs wrote that livability is increased in neighborhoods with diversity of people and housing. Jeffries Point:

What will keep Jeffries Point livable in the future?

1.Provide Transpiration: People can take water taxi from Logan Airport and East Boston to the Charlestown, North End and the Seaport District.

2.Mix-density Space: Connecting neighborhoods to open public space + Harbor Walk.

3.Lay foundational “smart city” infrastructure: With embedded sensors to streetlights to increase visibility to promote road saftey in a traditional way, but can help collect and transmit information to help cities monitor and respond to different urban circumstances.