Sea-Level Rise May Turn Boston Streets into Canals

Sea-Level Rise May Turn Boston Streets into Canals
View of Fort Point Channel in Boston, MA. Photo/New England Boating

Boston Globe: By the end of this century, the romance of Venice might be a lot closer to Boston than you’d expect — like just off Storrow Drive.

A report scheduled to be released Tuesday about preparing Boston for climate change suggests that building canals through the Back Bay neighborhood would help it withstand water levels that could rise as much as 7’ by 2100. Some roads and public alleys, such as Clarendon Street, could be turned into narrow waterways, the report suggests, allowing the neighborhood to absorb the rising sea with clever engineering projects that double as public amenities.

Read more about how Boston’s side streets may one day serve as canals as sea levels rise.