Paul Revere’s court yard

Paul Revere’s house in Boston’s North End is now a memorial to the conditions of urban living in pre-revolutionary America.  The question of Boston government devoting itself to securing a fresh water supply or concerning itself with sewage disposal were not talked about as a dominant problem for the early colonists whose preoccupations seemed to be focused on struggling to achieve “freedom” from what they thought of as the tyranny of “foreign” rule.

Visiting the Paul Revere House today sensitizes tourists to the limitations of colonial life and livelihoods.  As such, this picture provides a link to one of the potentially vulnerable locations where Boston will begin to experience the impact of climate change in the coming months and years.   Sea-level rise in our day would have compromised the integrity of the “ground water” and cisterns that many Boston urban dwellers depended upon for fresh water supplies in their day.

This is one of the topics of the Beacon Hill Seminar (BHS) Spring program, focusing on Boston’s “Climate Vulnerability.”  See:

For further background material on the problem of climate vulnerability and the BHS lecture/discussion course you can link to:

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