HAHA. I'm trying to turn a new positive leaf! I do wonder if the top floor will fly off in a future super-wind storm. Ooops...there I go again!Great vid, thank you!
BTw, Is this one of those Cambridge/Somerville hotels you feel are completely unnecessary and will be highly vacant?
HAHA. I'm trying to turn a new positive leaf! I do wonder if the top floor will fly off in a future super-wind storm. Ooops...there I go again!
You know - I wouldn't mind it if they kept the exterior in the purple color. I bet some neighborhood type would blow their mind about "character" but, there's plenty of bold color choices up and down the Avenue.
When I've lived/worked in buildings impacted by large events, its the responsibility of building management/owners to communicate it to tenants and stuff does get lost in the churn. If your talking specifically about this past weekend's closure, that was Somerville Open Studios, a city-wide event. Somernova is a sponsor of theirs and was hosting artists who didn't have spaces that could accommodate physical distancing in their own studios/spaces. I'd argue that the act of hosting the event is showing that they're interested in the artists and makers in the community.Recently, Somernova, which owns the Artisan's Asylum building, closed off the alley and had an event. I'm a member of the Cambridge Hackspace which is across the way. We weren't invited to this event. (I heard they blocked off our parking too)
Bow Market may work for you, but, to me and a number of folks I'm in community with, Bow Market's events are highly problematic. It would be incorrect to say that they are built into the fabric of "the community." They are built into the fabric of the White dominant culture in this area.Exhibit A, for a developer who gets it, and built into the fabric of the community, is Bow Street.
I'm pretty sure anything I say is going to anger you even more. I'm 59. I went to public schools in NYC. Blacks are 14% of the population. Whites are the larger population. Dominant? In a sense, how could they not be? However, this plays out with many races in many nations. Anyway, I was comparing Bow to Cambria. And yes, from what I've learned on YouTube, the U.S. doesn't hold a candle to stall-markets around the world. This is from restrictive zoning, of course. Anyway, I don't think it's novel. I think it's good, like you. And you'd be surprised, I'm probably even more upset about the lack of opportunities in stores for lower income people than you are But I don't want to bring race into it.Bow Market may work for you, but, to me and a number of folks I'm in community with, Bow Market's events are highly problematic. It would be incorrect to say that they are built into the fabric of "the community." They are built into the fabric of the White dominant culture in this area.
Keeping it short, the entire Bow Market complex is geared toward the White, professional class - even the "ethnic" restaurants are primarily "fusion" (read: adulterated/altered for White-acceptable flavors/spices). After the initial soft opening, I have not gone back and I see that the stores of interests for White non-professionals or people of color (of all classes) have departed.
I appreciate the design and the active reuse of the facility and think that it's novel that they reused a former storage/garage site, but, these kinds of markets consisting of a rotating cast of stall owners are so common to most of the rest of the world, that, what's more surprising is just how novel White Americans seem to think they are.