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Waterfront revival sought by City Hall

BOSTON ,MA 05/ 31/ 2012 :Boston waterfront and view of the Rose Kennedy Greenway along with downtown , City of Boston ( David L Ryan / Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC real estate
BOSTON ,MA 05/ 31/ 2012 :Boston waterfront and view of the Rose Kennedy Greenway along with downtown , City of Boston ( David L Ryan / Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC real estateDavid L Ryan ,The Boston Globe

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Restaurants, outdoor cafes, floating docks, and spaces for music concerts and festivals would be added to Boston’s waterfront under a City Hall plan to rejuvenate a section of downtown that planners say has yet to realize its potential.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority this week unveiled plans for a 40-acre strip of land and water between the North End and Fort Point Channel. The area is dotted with small parks, open spaces, public walkways and wharves that are rich in history, but poorly connected and often not as crowded as newer attractions nearby.

“We want to tie the whole area together,” said Richard McGuinness, deputy director of waterfront planning for the Boston Redevelopment Authority. “It’s not just cleaning it up, it’s making some real changes so that it becomes a year-round destination and connects the downtown to the water’s edge.”

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