- May 6, 2007
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I'm not intentionally missing it. My point (and I suspect the others' point) is that there isn't any fundamental difference between this grid of streets that isn't fully developed and the ones in the Financial District, Back Bay, or Longwood that are. Two rapid transit stations and a commuter rail hub 1/2-mile distant is a situation that would be a dream in a lot of other American cities. Similarly, I'm sure that if you were developing the Back Bay from scratch today you'd hear all these same prognostications of doom... "the Green Line isn't real transit", "there's only the one exit from the Pike and only one way"...So many of the responses to my comment seem to intentionally miss the point...the entire seaport has a major transportation/accessibility problem. It will continue to grow worse with time as these parcels are developed. It is the job and responsibility of the BPDA and the mayor to ensure that such considerations are taken into account as development is planned. How do people access the neighborhood will affect everyone's ability to enjoy living, working and visiting the area. If it is not properly planned for it will be untenable. People are quickly forgetting just how bad transportation in Boston had become pre pandemic. It was quickly becoming the region's biggest challenge and a major quality of life concern.
If you only built density on top of hubs between at least 3 subway lines and 3 freeway exits we wouldn't have cities. Not to say that the Seaport doesn't have transit improvements to make, but it is surely not untenable.