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The Sustainable Working Waterfronts Toolkit


University of Massachusetts

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Boston, MA

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Working waterfronts have been important to the U.S. economy and culture from the earliest days of this country’s founding. The origin of many coastal communities is strongly linked to the advantages afforded by their shoreside locations. This report provides a brief history of working waterfronts, describes their major industries, and identifies significant drivers of past changes and future trends.

Despite their long histories, many working waterfronts have been, and continue to be in various states of transition. Changes in technologies, national interests, economies, and environmental conditions impact the way people use and value these places. While the exact future of any working waterfront is not always predictable, what is known is that they are unique pieces of real estate that support and preserve future economic opportunities, recreational access, and our cultural heritage. That is why there is so much local, regional and national interest in them.


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