The Downtown Boston Residents’ Association is an independent organization, run exclusively by volunteer residents of the Downtown Boston neighborhood. Formed in 2014, the Association is committed to engaging, informing, and empowering Downtown Boston residents by creating a forum for discussion and debate on a wide range of topics related to quality of life and development in Downtown Boston.
The Association was originally called the Midtown Cultural District Residents’ Association (additional context below) and was renamed to Downtown Boston Residents’ Association in 2016 to more closely align with the neighborhood’s current history.
Origins of the Association’s Original Name: Midtown Cultural District Residents’ Association
In 1989, the City of Boston issued a landmark plan (Article 38), entitled the Midtown Cultural District Plan, to provide a vision for revitalizing Downtown Boston. The intended purpose of the plan was to:
“…establish the zoning regulations for the comprehensive plan for the Midtown Cultural District as required by the provisions of the Downtown Interim Planning Overlay District…The goals and objectives of…the Midtown Cultural District Plan are to direct downtown development in a way that promotes balanced growth for Boston; to prevent overdevelopment of the Financial District and the Back Bay by promoting mixed-use development in Midtown; to revitalize Midtown as the region’s center for performing and visual arts by rehabilitating historic theaters and creating new cultural facilities for the city’s nonprofit arts community; to protect the quality of life and provide for expansion of the thriving Chinatown neighborhood by creating affordable housing and business opportunities, and by controlling institutional expansion in the area; to preserve Boston’s historic resources and public open spaces, which provide enjoyment to all residents and visitors and which increase land values in their proximity, by virtue of historic, aesthetic, and environmentally beneficial qualities; to provide new and expanded facilities for community services; and to create a new residential neighborhood downtown by encouraging the development of housing which is affordable to all segments of the community.”
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