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Walking the Greenway

I walked the Rose Kennedy Greenway today in Boston.  This is the park that sits atop the submerged Route 93.  It's the 'big win' from the Big Dig.  The idea is to have a park that runs through the city, stiching together neighborhoods that were separated by the elevated highway that had been up for decades.

It's pretty much complete, but not as green as the above picture suggests.  The trees are still very small.  It feels like a narrow wasteland through the city.  There were a few other walkers, but not a lot of activity.  Maybe it will be nicer in the warmer weather.

I think that the Greenway needs some small scale buildings and kiosks to draw people into it.  It's a thin series of block-wide parks.  There are plenty of benches, but people aren't used to hanging out there.  Many of the buildings are turned away from the Greenway because they didn't want to look out over the old ugly elevated highway.  Some nice cafes and small shops would be nice, but I don't know where they plan to put such things.

I walked this path to really see the new city vistas.  After having lived in Boston for so many years with the old elevated highway, it looks much more open now.  The skyline is beautiful while walking through the park or sitting on one of the many benches.  I hope people get into the habit of taking advantage of it.

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Dear Mike Feinstein,

I am with the University of Arkansas Community Design Center and we are putting together a publication educating the public on low-impact development. I came across the following photo and would like to include this in our LID manual. We are a non-profit organization and the book will only be sold to recoup the cost of the book itself. If you allow the use of the image, your company's information would be included as a contributor. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration in this matter.

the photo is of the 'big dig' link: www.thefeinline.com/photos/wharfpk2.jpg

Sincerely,

Becky Roark
Student Intern Landscape Architect
UACDC
479-575-5772
uacdc.uark.edu
my email: broark@uark.edu

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