Boston’s Resilience Journey
Boston is an important cultural and economic center, rich with US history. Yet while much of the city has prospered, particular neighborhoods, especially minority communities, have been left behind. Factors such as lack of affordable housing, fewer educational opportunities, and less access to preparation for good jobs, threaten to divide the city further along racial and economic lines.
The city has launched new programs to increase access to jobs, including training and related services, in order to help disadvantaged communities move into growing industries and to promote equity throughout the city.
Boston’s response to the Marathon bombing in 2013 demonstrated a well-integrated emergency response system. However, city government recognizes the need for greater integration across city systems.
Boston also needs to develop plans to respond to flooding and the impacts of sea level rise. Several essential civic and transportation hubs, including Logan International Airport, are located in flood-sensitive zones.
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