Boston may be nearly 400 years old but that doesn’t stop her from constantly reinventing herself. There has been talk recently about a NEW Boston neighborhood in the center of the city. The Big Dig opened up a large parcel of land between Chinatown and South Boston that could not have been developed on before. The open land presents an opportunity to improve the southern entrance to Boston. The Zakim bridge warmly welcomes visitors from the North of Boston but the Southern gateway remains desolate and uninviting, to say the least.
State leaders have proposed building a new 20-acre development in this lost parcel. The property sits off Kneeland and Albany streets, near South Station, the Mass. Pike and Interstate 93. The trick will be to build under the 93 overpass. I will remain skeptical until the project is underway.
The plans will not call for a little urban village like most recent projects in the city. It will be marked by tall skyscrapers and lots of concrete. I’m sure winding parks and lush landscaping will be part of the overall plan as well. The proposals are all mixed use and include space for new condos, offices, and retail uses.
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino said he thinks the project would be a perfect way to finish off the Rose Kennedy Greenway.