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Globe/MIT harbor conference to result in special magazine

This Sunday, Oct. 25, the Boston Harbor Conference convened by MIT and the Boston Globe will culminate in the publication of a 40-page magazine supplement to the newspaper.

This special edition will explore issues surrounding the future of Boston Harbor and its waterfront and report the findings of the conference's national panel of experts. With more than $17 billion in public spending now underway on water improvements and transportation infrastructure in and around Boston Harbor, the national panel outlined 10 recommendations for the future of Boston's waterfront and harbor, based on expert testimony taken at three preceding public forums and research prepared by MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).

The conference was convened in association with WCVB-TV, with principal funding provided by Fleet Financial Group and 12 other public and private organizations. It featured the broadcast of "The Boston Harbor Town Meeting," televised live from Faneuil Hall last May 21.

In conjuction with the supplement, MIT and the Globe will launch "Virtual Boston Harbor" on the Globe's web site, utilizing interactive maps to illuminate conditions surrounding Boston's waterfront.

Thomas Piper, principal research scientist in DUSP, served as the project's principal investigator. John de Monchaux, professor of architecture and planning, is the project's co-principal investigator.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 21, 1998.

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