They probably already are.So what do they mean when they mention contributing in an online forum like here on AB? Will there be some poor soul sitting in the basement of city hall who has to go through the site and look for ideas?
I know a lot of people at MassDOT that browse AB regularly so I'm sure there are BRA people and folks from plenty of other agencies that do too. I don't work for DOT, but I was chewed out for posting images I took from a "behind the scenes" tour of the Big Dig a few years ago. I also haven't been invited on any more behind the scenes tours.They probably already are.
I'm just going to email them the Green Line Reconfig thread.
Edit: Reading the 1965 plan it looks like they recommended connecting the Riverside line to Huntington Ave as well! Get on that, Boston.
The Huntington-Brookline Village-Highland Branch to Riverside plans goes back even further to the 1926 "Report on Improved Transportation Facilities in Boston". The proposed alignment back then was a subway extension from the Pleasant St, portaling up near Buckingham St to follow the NYNY&H main to roughly Mass Ave x Huntington where the rapid transit would spur off to Huntington and lead out into surface tracks from Symphony to a terminal on Tremont St in Roxbury. The hop-over to Brookline Village and the Highland branch was proposed as a "future" ext.Edit: Reading the 1965 plan it looks like they recommended connecting the Riverside line to Huntington Ave as well! Get on that, Boston.
Given the politics of any planning effort that is a real risk. It would be best if they released early milestone reports with the most promising alternatives for public feedback. Treat it as a planning process rather than something that is going to be "final" because expecting a final plan for the whole of Boston that even a majority could agree on is a bit silly.Here's hoping that this time around the report will actually get published and acted on.
I'd like to see them keep the green space and pedestrian walkways, but introduce ground level retail, commercial, market space in or around the ground level of the existing buildings. Make it part of the city again, but don't just nuke the West End again with a blank slate/West End nostalgia approach.My "Imagine Boston 2030":
- Charles River Park eliminated and redeveloped into a human scaled neighborhood
Zoning makes everything illegal.Yeah, it's illegal to build nice neighborhoods anymore in the style of the old West End. I don't even think we know how, even if zoning didn't make it illegal.
Gonna have to figure out some other way to make things nice. Or re-legalize/resurrect the old ways somehow. Time machine?