At a Glance

Beacon Hill, located just west of Downtown Boston, is likely Boston's best-known neighborhood. Spreading over the last of three remaining hills, which originally composed Boston's landscape, this area is home to iconic residential streets and the Massachusetts State House. 

Classic red brick houses from the early nineteenth century line narrow cobblestone streets and define this famous residential neighborhood. The Boston Common, Public Garden, Esplanade, and Hatch Shell are all adjacent to Beacon Hill, offering residents a range of recreational and cultural opportunities within easy walking distance. 

Charles Street, running from Massachusetts General Hospital to the Public Garden, is Beacon Hill's main commercial area. Eclectic boutiques, antique stores, and restaurants serve the neighborhood and Beacon Hill's frequent tourists. The Beacon Hill Business Association supports business owners and nonprofits in the area. 

Community Engagement Managers

The Community Engagement Managers (CEM) of the BPDA are responsible for assisting staff members with the coordination of all outreach in regard to planning initiatives and proposed development in Boston's neighborhoods. CEMs work to ensure each BPDA external process actively reflects the community's goals, in addition to being the point of contact for constituent questions. Have questions about a certain project in your neighborhood? Feel free to reach out them:


Mark McGonagle

Deputy Director of Community Engagement

Department: Communications


Beacon Hill, South Boston


For information about planning context, zoning, or BPDA review processes, please contact [email protected].