- Jan 18, 2016
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This is the most obvious statement to literally any Bostonian, but this would be a big improvement. The (recently "restored") Fielder footbridge is a pathetic main gateway from the Public Garden to the Esplanade, especially when compared to more recent designs like the Appleton bridge at Charles Circle. The corner intersection at Arlington and Beacon is still a problem with this design - a challenging bottleneck for pedestrians (including stranding people on the traffic island), a light signal with Beacon getting a green arrow at an unintuitive time, traffic flowing into Arlington simultaneously from both directions on Beacon leading to traffic conflicts, etc.The above link Brick Top provided on another thread has an interesting proposal for Storrow Drive at Hatch Shell that I hadn't seen before. Looks like it would provide an at-grade uninterrupted pedestrian corridor from Beacon Street to Hatch Shell and the Esplanade:
It would also be extremely beneficial as a public good if the tunnel was extended to the east from the at-grade deck pictured to well beyond the Hatch Shell. It's silly for a public music (and movie) venue to be at times inaudible due to general tire/traffic roar, emergency sirens, revving engines of motorcycles and sport cars, etc. You can even leave Mugar for surface access, just drop Storrow.
I've written elsewhere, either here on Universal Hub, about my dreams for a road-diet or outright elimination of much of Storrow, which would require strategic use of the the Pike for crosstown travel by adding new on/off-ramps, perhaps expanding Blue Line access from Charles/MGH down to Kendall (and beyond), as well as making the bitter pill of a Little Dig (which would largely benefit tony Back Bay and Beacon Hill residents) go down a bit easier by also adding a thin strip of rowhouses that could serve as (architecturally-contextual) affordable or mixed rental housing, provide space for public amenities for park users like restrooms and food venues, contain groundwater pump stations, as well as be designed as a berm for any rainwater-driven surges from the Charles.