Video series showcases plans for Boston’s future

Video series showcases plans for Boston’s future

As this historic city grows, changes and plans for the future, I’ve found Bostonians are very interested in the impact of new construction or businesses. It is a curiosity that I share.

For over a year now, I’ve served this niche by combing through public documents and business news to create short videos that explain proposals that could affect the fabric of the city. I’ve nicknamed this series “Boston Booming,” and a playlist exists on the WCVB Facebook page. 

I’m particularly proud of a recent example, which I first published ahead of Amazon’s HQ2 announcement. Public presentations about the plans for the property, I realized, had already moved on without Amazon and this video shows what the developer still plans to do.

Another recent video looked at a city report on rising sea levels and plans to reshape waterfront areas to prevent flooding.

Most of these videos, however, are focused on a single property. I try to find some remarkable aspect of the planned project, such as a change to the skyline or the alteration of a well-known landmark.

The series has also included coverage of changes to the way people get around, like this video explaining upgrades launched at MBTA stations.

Overall, I think the videos are successful because they answer common questions but also tap into an area not typically covered by legacy television newsrooms.