Is the Waterfront the new Kendall Square?

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from Patrick Nugent
Assistant Vice President
Jones Lang LaSalle

Mayor Menino now refers to 1,000 acres on the the South Boston Waterfront as the city’s Innovation District, and he’s challenging businesses to heed the call.

Fan Pier is currently home to MassChallenge, a global start up competition offering $1M in prizes to the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Waterside Place, a proposed mixed use development, will include a public innovation space. The District’s Welcome Home Challenge invites businesses to compete for funding by promoting their business plan on a web-based forum.

Innovation, however, isn’t the only excitement across Fort Port Channel. Recent attractions include the Volvo Ocean Race and Cirque du Soleil. At Liberty Wharf next summer, you will be able to enjoy sliders and the Sox on mega screens at Jerry Remy’s second Sports Bar and Grill, or dine at Legal Sea Foods’ flagship restaurant.

The emphasis on innovation and life style is creating activity. That activity is attracting tenants. Technology companies, architecture firms, and advertising agencies are interested in the new dynamic that’s taking shape.

The future of the Waterfront is almost here. Hop on or you’ll be left on the beach!


One thought on “Is the Waterfront the new Kendall Square?

  1. Timothy Jones


    We at Buzzient totally agree. In fact, we believe it so much we’re building out our development operation not in Cambridge, but in the Innovation District!

    From my experience, the Innovation District has many of the same core assets as South of Market in SF. I was fortunate to see the before/after impact on that neighborhood during the Internet Boom, and I can forsee a similar upward trajectory for the Innovation District.

    By locating in the Innovation District, we look to tap into Boston-area university talent and really create an ideal live/work/innovate environment for our present and future employees!


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