- May 11, 2012
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Seems like an old post.... Anyway, on the one hand sure. If it is presented as a "beautification" project without any other purpose then it would be a waste of money. But if it is a $100 million dollar renovation to modernize the building, make it more efficient, more usable, and could also provide some additional public spaces to replace the bureaucratic dungeons where you go to dispute your parking ticket, or argue with someone over something, then I think that could be somewhat popular.There would be outcry, but to a certain extent, does it matter? There is always outcry about everything. I know people who flipped out about the lounge chairs because they saw it as stealing money from the BPS budget. That's how crazy some activists can be.
Make the ground floors all public spaces and give people easy access to the center court yard. Enclose the top of the courtyard and make it a winter garden for Mass Horticultural society. Provide the Boston History museum with space, performance space, public meeting space beyond the city council chamber. Basically those things that didn't happen on the greenway because building over the ramps was too expensive, just do them on a smaller scale inside city hall
Like the renovation of the Johnson wing of BPL. The lead PR on that was the renovation of the Children's library and making it look better was just a fringe benefit.