Vast acres of underused space also presented Boston with a once in a life-time opportunity: a chance to build a brand new neighborhood from scratch, right at the harbor’s edge. But as the Seaport District takes shape, some fear the development now underway is falling short.

Kairos Shen is the director of planning at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and is responsible for community planning and urban design. 

George Thrush is the director of the School of Architecture at Northeastern University, where he studies the connection between transportation, urban design, and civic image.