Boston City Hall Plaza Redesign, Part Umpteen

From Wednesday’s Boston Globe:

Designers hope to grow a greener City Hall Plaza

Imagine a City Hall Plaza with lush green trees and ample shade, a place where downtown office workers could enjoy their lunches in the fresh air, where college students and weary tourists could pick a shady spot to read, and children could play hide and seek.

That vision could become a reality, and today’s empty, red-brick expanse just a memory if a local design team gets its wish.

Wish on. This is the City of Boston’s Official Pipe Dream (pat. pending), as the hardworking staff has noted before.

Wake me when the Pipe Dream breaks ground.

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10 Responses to Boston City Hall Plaza Redesign, Part Umpteen

  1. Michael Pahre says:

    No, beautifying City Hall Plaza is absolutely not “the City of Boston’s Official Pipe Dream.”

    What is the city’s pipe dream? Tearing down City Hall, selling off part or all of the property to private developers, and then putting the money into the coffers of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (which would have much wider leeway in how to use it than the city). That is why, a little more than a decade ago, the city changed the ownership of the plaza part of the site from the city itself to the BRA.

    Beautifying City Hall Plaza is the city’s Plan B, not their pipe dream.

  2. Bob Gardner says:

    This is very similar to the Hidden Valley salad dressing commercial. Also, a place downtown “where children could play hide and seek” sounds like a formula for generating amber alerts.

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  4. jpfal says:

    I still think the original design which included a huge corner fountain that cascaded down a cantilevered type structure is the best option for the space.

  5. JB says:

    Just thought I would point out another possible “pipe dream” – but one which might be worth looking forward to…

    … an effort to use the existing building as an intercollegiate art museum, and enclose the plaza at human scale with more diverse uses including a new rebuilt City Hall on the site.

  6. Curmudgeon says:

    Plant wisteria and let it grow.

    Look nice in spring and summer, a footstool for the Jolly Green Giant. In winter, it would look like Transylvanian manse.

  7. cj says:

    Whose idea is this latest plan? Is it an officially initiated study, with real intentions behind it, or just another pipe dream by someone who thought “Wouldn’t it be nice if…”? I, long ago, arrived at the point of I’ll believe it when I see it. In the meantime, they can put all the trees they want on the plaza, but until they close the gap from the street, City Hall will be standing off, a paved, barren, football field away from anyone wanting to do business with it. Its brutalist design doesn’t make it any more welcoming to citizens, either. Perhaps colonnades of trees, benches, and kiosks or food vendors will draw in visitors and lead them across that expanse, to the building.

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