We can only hope that this has has many people using it as Assembly Square does. There are some lessons to be gleaned from that comparison though. I see parallels in how car-centric ASQ is by design since it’s unconnected to anything else but the OL and a couple sporadic bus routes. Despite the best efforts of ped-bike planners it is an island. The Mystic River and 93 are like I90 and Comm Ave. All are to some degrees barriers to entry and shared activities. You cannot readily cross from Somerville proper to ASQ without a serious hike through awful highway carchitecture. There is no crossing the Mystic or Malden rivers from the East and North respectively. Two ways in. And a hike. That’s it. So people drive there. BU and Harvard have to stop their petty turf war and connect themselves. The lack of many crossing opportunities means places like Cambridge and Linden Streets are out of the way necessary pinch points to the North cross if you live at Packards Corner. Cambridge Street is taking ALL the traffic. This whole new Allston Landing/New Harvard development needs to be a Boston peninsula not a private island with a couple bridges connecting it to the mainland. For all Harvard took, BU should get building rights in exchange for encouraging through traffic. This is easily do-able.I wonder if it's feasible to turn this entire development into a private-vehicle-free one (kind of like the pedestrianized downtown-crossing plaza), and close the roads to only buses, delivery trucks, and bikes. Or maybe only allow cars on one of the east-west streets. Otherwise this area is going to look like Assembly Square on the day that it is built.