- Sep 15, 2010
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One Beacon, MEEI, BUMC
I voted for Melnea Cass because it's an ugly scar cutting through what was once a vital neighborhood and is now a wasteland. It's a cautionary tale in what can go wrong with urban redevelopment efforts in a way that is far more visible than any single element of the East End disaster.Just out of curiosity, I'd be interested (for this topic more than any other) to hear more reasoning behind people's votes.
On Wednesday March 6, 2013 an important public meeting will be held by the Boston Transportation Department to discuss its plan to widen Melnea Cass Boulevard (MCB), an ill-conceived project that will be detrimental to Lower Roxbury. The project would widen MCB by about 40 feet to add bus lanes, providing little public benefit because there are currently no plans to augment existing MBTA bus routes. The proposed project is at best a knee-jerk response to the availability of federal monies designated for such planning, which might be withdrawn if not used in the near future.
Oh my dear GOD. WIDEN?!?! Worst Proposal 2013. Maybe even worst proposal 2010-2020...On the topic of Melnea Cass Blvd, apparently the geniuses at MassDOT have dreamt up a way to make things worse:
Then you might as well just build the damn Inner Belt/I-695 connector and officially nail the coffin on Roxbury because with this widening, it will never be primed for development.I know this will never go over well on this board, but I think it's worth it for the time being. If the area was primed for some fantastic growth I'd say no way, but that's not reality at this time.
The land for expanding onto is already there, currently occupied by pointless vegetative "buffer" zones while the road offers just two travel lanes for each direction; every time I drive on it (which is semi-regularly) I wonder why they went through all that effort to just give us a dink road with no breakdown or turn lanes and dozens of ill-timed lights.
Having done research on this during my final studio, most Roxbury residents consider the Tremont St corridor to be too wide, which is what is hindering development even though it has impeccable access to rapid transit (Ruggles and Roxbury Crossing). This would widen the MCB to the size of Tremont St and set the potential for development back even further. It would become even more of a wasteland than what is there now and more so than the Tremont St corridor. If they don't want to build there now, why would anyone want to build something 30 years from now with an even wider road separating two neighborhoods that used to be one? The only way this widening could ever be justified is if it was to add a light rail ROW to the median, which I would fully support and advocate for.We're talking about 40 feet that is sitting there highly underutilized right now. There's nothing saying that 25 years from now when this area is ready for its comeback you can't squish the road down, which we've all watched become a popular option for roadways all over the country.