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Sell City Hall Plaza


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Paul watches the Duck Boats go by and gets disgusted that City Hall Plaza stayed empty:

... Why do we even have a huge plaza in the middle of downtown Boston if we're not going to use it?

That's my new thing, folks. Sell City Hall Plaza. This wind-swept, brick plaza that was completed in 1968 was conceived as a gathering place for Bostonians, a place in the city where everyone can get together to celebrate any civic success of that time. And, because of a few snowbanks and a culture of paranoia, Menino won't use it for this purpose. Fine. Sell it. If we're not going to use this massive plaza for the reason it was conceived, sell the land off to the highest bidder, build the largest building the city's population and real estate demand can support, and put the money into the school system, public works projects, or to cover Big Dig overruns. ...

Editor's Note: Some may recall that Menino once proposed basically doing that, by allowing a developer to put a hotel in the plaza but that the federal government, which owns the JFK building, objected and that was the end of that.


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Peter Rice says (on February 9, 2005 06:33 PM):

Thanks for giving some attention to the red brick tundra. It's funny, I was thinking the same thing today at lunch, as I walked through Gov't ctr on my way to Newbury Comics. What a waste of space. Although, the endless array of brick is currently broken up by dirty piles of snow...

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captain says (on February 11, 2005 10:02 PM):

Nooooo! That's where the Scooper Bowl happens! DON'T MESS WITH THE SCOOPER BOWL.

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