Robert Campbell brings us this story on Boston‘s Rose Kennedy Greenway. The Greenway is the result of Boston’s Big Dig, where they put a section of I-93 underground and built a linear park on top of it. The problem is, the Greenway is little more than nice landscaping (not even great landscaping). It is often devoid of pedestrian life while neighboring areas such as Quincy Market are vibrant and alive. “There are things to look at but nothing to do,” Campbell says. He proposes that the Greenway be turned into a neighborhood, first by building housing along the edges of the park and working to attract restaurants and cafes. Planning documents that show some of these ideas are just now starting through the Boston City Hall, many years after they could have been best implemented. Old planning laws made recommendations such as having a minimum of 75% public open space, which doesn’t leave much room for private buildings or the people who live in and patronize them. It may be too late to redo the Greenway in the best way possible, but making its edges alive will help to turn it into a more desirable place. It was a good idea to cover I-93, but this was only going halfway to making this part of Boston a real neighborhood, like it used to be.
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