- Sep 11, 2012
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And? The city is in the middle of a housing crisis and actively trying to turn all parts of the core into mixed-use. This is a 5+ acre site, nearly the size of 2 South End blocks--there should be housing here and it's some 1980's era shit that there isn't.There are like 9,000 units planned, proposed, approved or u/c within 5-8 blocks of this project.
Methadone Mile would need to be cleaned up before BMC/BU employees will stroll off campus.Since this project is right next to BMC, you do end up with a substantially large area with no housing. I'd say the two combined are about 8 blocks worth of employment-centric structures. I guess there are other similar areas around the city, but this one also has the Express Way/Mass Ave. connector cutting it off from a large area that could otherwise fulfill residential needs. The BMC area already suffers to an extent from the self contained aspect of the hospital -- employees don't leave except to go home, nobody lives there, so there is not as high a density of service oriented businesses as you'd expect in such an urban area. I don't think this project will help with that at all.
If that area is still in rough shape, I dunno if you would want to bike there. Seems like it's going to have to be car-centric for the most part for the time being, although maybe they could run a shuttle from the Red Line stops.One would think with such poor transit access that they'd do more bike infrastructure on the streets.
Huh? Do you have any idea what condos cost in the South End?If that area is still in rough shape, I dunno if you would want to bike there. Seems like it's going to have to be car-centric for the most part for the time being, although maybe they could run a shuttle from the Red Line stops.
Maybe over time they could get a stop built on the CR tracks that's near Widett Circle.
As for no housing, yeah it sucks but it'd be a tough sell to blow a mill with wonderful views of 93 and/or meth addicts (?) and next door to an infectious disease lab.
I get that concern, but I don't agree with it. I work in a building just off campus and I often leave during the day. What I don't like about these excursions is the lack of anything built with a focus on the street level. Sure, there are plenty of junkies stumbling about, but the real issue is poor urban form. Fix that and the junkies would soon become outnumbered.Methadone Mile would need to be cleaned up before BMC/BU employees will stroll off campus.