letters | defending boston’s innovation district

Seaport vision has been a big success

THE SECRET is out, and somehow Paul McMorrow has not heard: The Innovation District is emerging as a vibrant community of innovators who are reinventing America (“Seaport is rising, but not from tech”, Op-ed, Dec. 25).

Young tech companies are relocating to the Innovation District because its first and foremost affordable: rents are on par with the suburbs and a fraction of Kendall Square.

Beyond its affordability, the district is attracting young companies because smart companies know their employees prefer to be urban. Also the area enjoys both very good public transportation and convenient highway access.


One example of this new economic Innovation District vibrancy is Drydock Center. A short few years ago this large building was under utilized — a too-common theme of urban America. But today Drydock Center is a hub of entrepreneurs who have created hundreds of “new economy” jobs.

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The Innovation District’s success is getting both national and international recognition. In just the last three weeks, delegations from China, the Netherlands, and around the United States have visited.

Boston’s Innovation District is just one shining example of how America is reinventing itself. But its an important one and a pleasure to be a part of.

Jeff Wallace

Manager, Drydock Center