Six projects are attempting to do just that...
Dan Biederman, the man who brought New York, Bryant Park, and someone long regarded as a champion of urban management and public placemaking has been chosen to lead the charge to recreate Faneuil Hall's outdoor space. He'll have the difficult task of recreating the brand to be welcoming and inviting to both tourists and locals from a space now avoided by most locals outside of a visit from family and friends from outside Boston. Plans for the space call for a model very similar to that of Bryant Park, lots of outdoor tables and new seating to welcome more people and invite people to spend more time in the space creating a changing environment all their own.
I'd love to see some local input from the burgeoning urban design and placemaking industry that's taken shape here. These firms have their fingers on the pulse of Boston as evidenced by the success of such designs as Lawn On D and The Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Government Center Garage
111 Federal Street
The Municipal Harbor Planning Project is an ongoing discussion on the future of Boston's Waterfront, an area that, until the removal of Boston's other "green monster," was a blighted area unvisited by residents and tourists alike along Boston's Waterfront. Today it sits up against a glistening gem of a project in the Rose Kennedy Greenway that has reclaimed open space for the cities residents and created enormous opportunity for Boston's Waterfront. While much of the attention in this area is on the nearly 20 year attempt by developer Don Chiofaro to develop the site of the current Boston Harbor Parking Garage, city and state officials are looking at how to revitalize the entire waterfront area.
And then there's still City Hall Plaza...?
Starting a dialogue on the future of urban living in Boston and beyond.