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Beyond The Big Dig
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What happens to the ribbon of land being created by the depression of the Central Artery may be the most important development decision to face Boston in a generation.




A dream grows in Boston
(By Liz Harris and William McDonough, 3/29/2003)
You can envision the Garden Under Glass project by closing your eyes and thinking: It is 2005. Imagine walking around the new downtown Boston with its park benches, shade trees, and fountains. Green grass. More trees. Flowers.

Creating a lively space that engages us all
(By Ted Landsmark, 3/3/2003)
What makes an urban civic space great? Why do diverse crowds come together on the Esplanade, Newbury Street, and the Public Garden, but not on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall or City Hall Plaza? These are crucial questions as we explore designs for the new Rose Kennedy Greenway over the depressed Central Artery.

Artery innovations
(Boston Globe Editorial, 2/20/2003)
Eager public participation at this month's Public Library forums on the design of the Rose Kennedy Greenway shows how the project is capturing Boston's imagination.

Rescuing a garden
(Boston Globe Editorial, 2/14/2003)
Cracks are appearing in plans for the ambitious Garden Under Glass, which has been counted on for more than a decade to anchor the Rose Kennedy Greenway. They must be repaired quickly.

Keeping parkland promises
(By Renata Von Tscharner, 2/10/2003)
With completion of the Big Dig now in sight we must look back at promises made to ensure the final phases of construction recognize the needs of walkers and bicyclists as well as cars and trucks.

Design ideas for artery have a long way to go
(By Robert Campbell, Globe Correspondent, 2/4/2003)
It's finally time to get serious about what's going to happen on the land beneath the Central Artery.

Together toward success
(By Robert A. Brown and J.P. Shadley, 2/3/2003)
In the course of a city's development limited opportunities arise to dramatically transform the urban fabric. The design of the Rose Kennedy Greenway to replace the Central Artery is just such an opportunity.

Grand designs
(Boston Globe Editorial, 2/1/2003)
As final planning for the Rose Kennedy Greenway begins, the Turnpike Authority has given designers of the eight park parcels a total budget target of $31 million. It is not enough.

A troubling downturn
(By Brian McGrory, Globe Columnist, 1/17/2003)
I'm driving along the Central Artery yesterday, past the spot where the state cop ties up traffic from Boston to Brunswick every morning, when the oddest thought pops into mind: I'm going to miss this road.

Greenway progress
(Boston Globe Editorial, 12/23/2002)
The formalization of what has been a largely cooperative relationship between the Turnpike Authority and the city could give designers and others greater confidence that the Rose Kennedy Greenway will fulfill its promise as one of the signature spaces in the heart of Boston.

Sprouts on the Artery
(Boston Globe Editorial, 11/21/2002)
Late Wednesday, planning for the Rose Kennedy Greenway turned a corner when the final design team was named for two large parks bordering the North End on either side of Hanover Street.

Boston in 2004
(Boston Globe Editorial, 11/14/2002)
Boston landing the 2004 Democratic National Convention is a time for celebration -- and planning.

A center for all?
(By Steve Bailey, Globe Staff, 10/11/2002)
A new player is about to emerge that combines both the ambition and the resources to do something very special on the 27 acres in the heart of Boston freed up when the Central Artery finally comes down.

Voiceless on the Artery
(Boston Globe Editorial, 10/9/2002)
After more than a decade of preliminary planning, including literally hundreds of public meetings, it's a shame to deny the public a voice in one of the most important decisions of the Big Dig.

Reality on the Artery
(Boston Globe Editorial, 10/3/2002)
There is an explanation for the big square structure with a curved roofline smack in the middle of the Big Dig construction work just south of Congress Street, but it only underlines the lack of coordinated planning that still plagues this project.

Big Dig targets
(Boston Globe Editorial, 9/14/2002)
Big Dig officials should make every effort to be open and on target when they come out with a new timetable next week.

A family plan for Central Artery
(By Robert Campbell, Globe Correspondent, 9/1/2002)
An idiotic proposal came from a Boston city councilor last week, proving once again that we don't have a process for deciding what should happen to this critical chunk of the future of Boston.

Finding solutions at the edges
(By Herbert Gleason, 8/26/2002)
Maybe instead of wondering what to put in the middle of the Central Artery land, we should look at the edges, as Vienna did when it replaced its circular medieval wall with the Ringstrasse.

Artery momentum
(Boston Globe Editorial, 8/14/2002)
Following the Legislature's failure last month to create a new governing agency for the Rose Kennedy Greenway, both state and city officials are moving to fill the void.

What about pedestrians?
(By Jane Holtz Kay, 8/6/2002)
As the Big Dig begins to set its surface plans in stone, it becomes ever more clear that the stream of traffic on the six-lane surface artery will endure.

From New York City, a lesson for Boston
(By Gene Corbin, 8/3/2002)
The democratic innovations being used in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site offer a model Boston would do well to consider in redeveloping the Central Artery.

A Greenway fumble
(Boston Globe Editorial, 8/2/2002)
When state legislators failed to provide a home for the Rose Kennedy Greenway, they set back a project that will do more than any other to shape the heart of downtown Boston for decades to come.

No will, no way
(By Brian McGrory, Globe Staff, 7/30/2002)
Less than a year after terrorists felled the World Trade Center towers, New York has a plan for redevelopment. In fact it has six. Boston has known for the better part of forever that the Central Artery will be torn down, but we have no plan for the space that will take its place.

Five days to go
(Boston Globe Editorial, 7/29/2002)
It will take a rare combination of flexibility and steady resolve for the Legislature to approve a bill that will advance the Rose Kennedy Greenway. But it is worth the effort.

A casualty of Artery politics
(By Wellington Reiter, 7/24/2002)
Observing the painful process of creating a decision-making body to manage the surface artery reminds one of how difficult it is to assemble the essential ingredients of an effective client.

Price is right on Greenway tax
(By Maryann Gilligan Suydam, 7/22/2002)
The impact of a proposed tax on commercial property owners to pay for management of the Rose Kennedy Greenway must be a central part of the public dialogue as the legislation is under consideration.

Building a better trust: two views
(By Robert A. Brown and Bennet Heart, 7/22/2002)
The Millennium Greenway Trust bill should not be passed until a number of fundamental problems are dealt with.

Greenway rough spots
(Boston Globe Editorial, 7/18/2002)
Members of the Legislature's Joint Transportation Committee should expect an earful of concerns this morning at a hearing on their bill to create an authority-like agency to operate the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

The public's greenway
(Boston Globe Editorial, 7/11/2002)
A draft of legislation to create the Massachusetts Millennium Greenway Trust illustrates why the lawmaking process should have been prompter and more public.

A museum about Boston
(By Anne D. Emerson, 7/4/2002)
Enormous energy is gathering around a vision for a Boston Museum that would serve as a central cultural and civic institution in land above the Central Artery.

The billion-dollar bonus
(By Kayo Tajima and Frank Ackerman, 7/1/2002)
There is a billion-dollar bonus to Boston property owners from tearing down the ugly, old elevated Central Artery and replacing it with parks.

An 'urban village' for the Fenway
(By Thomas J. Ahern and Carl Koechlin, 6/29/2002)
Not since the mid-19th century -- when Back Bay marshes were transformed into one of America's great urban neighborhoods -- has Boston been poised for as dramatic a makeover as it is today.

A five-week plan
(Boston Globe Editorial, 6/27/2002)
Yesterday's State House hearing on the creation of the Rose Kennedy Greenway was a testament to the value of public debate.

Boston gains without pain
(By Thomas J. Piper and Timothy Leland, 6/24/2002)
Boston is entering a new era in its history as the result of the Central Artery project and the new land it creates. Consensus and creativity can evolve when citizens are brought together to elevate the debate and make decisions that will shape their future for generations to come.

Greenway secrets
(Boston Globe Editorial, 6/22/2002)
The secrecy surrounding legislation to determine who will build and operate the greenway only feeds suspicion of insider deals that might leave the land in the hands of politicians' sidekicks.

The heart of the new parkland
(By Eugenie Beal, 6/10/2002)
When a maintenance funding of the Central Artery corridor parks becomes agreed upon, the governance and control of the parks will quickly become agreed upon as well. We need to be watchful and wary as agreements for made.

Too slow on the Artery
(Boston Globe Editorial, 6/9/2002)
With less than two months left in the legislative session, negotiators seeking to set up a new agency to manage the 27-acre strip to be created when the Central Artery comes down need to redouble their efforts.

A single authority to design, run artery
(By Jane M. Swift, 6/3/2002)
The challenge for public policy makers today is to assure that there is a process in place which will assure us of the greatest opportunity to inspire genius in the utilization of the Central Artery land.

Artery turf battle
(Boston Globe editorial, 5/28/2002)
The Turnpike Authority is embroiled in another intragovernmental flap, this one involving the crucial Wharf District parcels of public open space that will be created at street level when the elevated Central Artery comes down.

Shaping Boston's new open space
(By John Drew and Richard A. Dimino, 5/25/2002)
We support the creation of a single entity that will have as its sole responsibility the management, design, construction, operations, maintenance, and programming of this complex building project.

A public space for the ages
(By Whitney Hatch, 5/24/2002)
Much has been said about how the Rose Kennedy Greenway should be designed. Good design does not happen in a vacuum. It requires an engaging and creative public process.

Managing the maintenance
(By Ronald E. Logue, 5/22/2002)
But before any of the ideas for development of the Central Artery land can lead to successful outcomes, a management and maintenance organization should be put in place so that we can fully realize the potential of the land.

A challenge and opportunity to 'get it right'
(By Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, 5/20/2002)
Like downtown New York, Downtown Boston has a major planning opportunity and challenge born of change and disaster.

Needed: Vision and gumption
(By Laurie Olin, 5/13/2002)
With everyone and his and her brother trying to put their fingerprints on the plan, I can't imagine that anything special can possibly emerge.

Creating common ground
(By Hubie Jones, 5/6/2002)
It would be a civic tragedy of monumental proportions if planning and decision-making for the afterlife of the construction of the depressed Central Artery is not driven by the wishes of the potential users of the new surface.

Building spaces that weave in urban life
(By Jill Ker Conway, 4/29/2002)
Think of all the parks you've enjoyed in cities, and then answer the question: What makes them such delightful places to be? In every case the answer will be because they are so closely knitted into the warp and weave of the adjoining urban life.

Pride of space
(By Robert Turner, 4/28/2002)
It is possible for a city to create thriving open spaces that become common ground for all neighborhoods, but they don't occur naturally: Bold vision and perseverence are needed.

What good public places need
(By M. David Lee, 4/22/2002)
Dialogue about the future of the land under the Central Artery began in earnest a decade ago and will likely continue for decades to come, so why does everyone seem to be hell bent on figuring it all out right now?

What we foresaw in 1991
(By John P. DeVillars, 4/20/2002)
The standards and values established in the final environmental approvals for the Central Artery Projects are as fundamental and true today as they were more than a decade ago.

Some lessons on upkeep at City Hall Plaza
(By Robert F. Walsh, 4/15/2002)
The maintenance of the 27 acres of land left when the Central Artery comes down, including guaranteed financial resources, must be viewed as central to the long-term success of the space.

An open mind on open space
(By Paul S. Grogan, 4/8/2002)
We must be willing to ask the unthinkable question: Have we hamstrung ourselves with an unworkable requirement that 75 percent of the artery surface be set aside for open space?.

Imagine 'Hamlet' by the Harbor
(By Steven Maler, 4/1/2002)
How do we ensure that the 30 acres of space created by reclaiming the Central Artery teems with life and vitality? Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a beautiful open-air theater where tons of concrete now stand.

Three key issues for designers of new Artery space
(By Bob Durand, 3/25/2002)
The restoration of Central Artery surface provides us all with an extraordinary opportunity to reclaim a critical piece of downtown Boston and create the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

The right direction
(A Boston Globe editorial, 3/6/2002)
At last! One of Boston's most anticipated newborn projects -- the corridor of open space parcels that will replace the Central Artery -- will finally have a parent.

Balance over the Artery
(A Boston Globe editorial, 3/2/2002)
"What" and "How" still surround the surface corridor to be created when the Central Artery comes down despite more than a decade of planning. What parks, structures, and programs will go in the mile-long string of parcels? And how will they be built, financed, and maintained?

Getting to 'aha' on Artery parks
(By Rebecca Barnes, 2/25/2002)
If we do the job right, Bostonians will again experience the thrilling jolt, the "/beyond_bigdig/opinion/aha!" when the sun illuminates the wonderful series of colorful outdoor rooms, storytelling walkways, and playful gardens that have grown up out of the Central Artery's dark shadows.

A garden under glass
(A Boston Globe editorial, 2/23/2002)
A decade-old proposal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society to build a monumental glassed-in garden just north of South Station has had an unusual history: Few projects have experienced so little dissent combined with so much doubt.

Time to think big
(A Boston Globe editorial, 2/5/2002)
Unique. Once-in-a-lifetime. Olmstedian. Such adjectives have been applied hundreds of times to the opportunity presented by the demolition of the elevated Central Artery, now scheduled to begin in 2004.

Let's not be dense
(By Sam Allis, Globe Staff, 9/9/2001)
Boston is smack up against the vision thing. The Central Artery project may not be completed until America's missile defense shield is operational, but that doesn't stop us from wondering in increasing numbers what this place will look like when it's done.

Agreeing to be green
(By Steve Bailey, Globe Staff, 8/17/2001)
Here's a man-bites-dog story for you: Boston's build-'em-high business community is quietly circulating a plan for the heart of the Central Artery corridor and it doesn't include a single four-star hotel or shopping gallery for the rich.

Boston's original Big Dig
(By David Kruh, 8/12/2001)
It happened more than 150 years ago, but the 19th century's "Big Dig," the creation of Back Bay, still has plenty of lessons for modern Boston.

Keep the 'public' in public space
(By Shirley Kressel, 5/20/2001)
After billions of dollars and years of turmoil, Boston awaits the transformation of the Big Dig into a public amenity. The state will retain ownership and build the open spaces of the Central Artery and has discussed a maintenance contribution. but Boston's Mayor Thomas Menino, in a great show of civic pride, has declared these spaces ''city parks'' to be rescued from a state ''grab.''

'Open space' dirty words for some Bostonians
(By Robert Campbell, Globe Staff, 11/09/2000)
I promise I won't write again on the topic of open space on the Fan Pier on the South Boston Waterfront. Not for a while, at least. But last week's column inspired another raft of reader responses, and it seems fair to give them a voice.

Defining 'open'
(Boston Globe Editorial, 9/29/2000)
Planner seeking to enliven downtown Boston by creating a thriving street-level corridor when the elevated Central Artery comes down should move quickly to resolve a split in their ranks. Some want a string of parks, with a lot of greenery, while others say development that includes a variety of structures, such as restaurants and a visitors' center, might work better.

The Surface Debate
(Boston Globe Editorial, 4/11/2000)
Faneuil Hall has witnessed boisterous debate for 26 decades, and this evening will likely be no exception. The team of master planners assigned to restart planning for the surface above the depressed Central Artery will hear plenty of conflicting testimony at its first public meeting tonight.

Now Is The Time To Focus On What The Big Dig Will Leave Behind
(By James J. Kerasiotes, 10/7/1999)
It is time to plan for life after the Big Dig. This means that legislators, city officials, environmentalists, business leaders, and neighbors must survey a dizzying array of choices about parks, development, and open space.

Coming soon: The Wharf District
Boston Globe Editorial, 6/16/1999)
A successful public space above the depressed Central Artery -- alive with activities and people once the elevated highway comes down in five years -- will depend on a thriving partnership between public and private interests. Right now it is the private sector that is taking the lead, often in admirable fashion.

For A Wide-Open Artery Space Plan
(By Patrice Todisco, 7/26/1999)
Open space versus development. It is a simple and unproductive dichotomy in which to frame discussion about the future design of the parcels being created in the downtown corridor as a result of the Central Artery project.

Grand Visions, Bleak Realities
(By Brian McGrory, Globe Staff, 6/22/1999)
Early on, government officials pushing to bury Boston's Central Artery displayed sketches of the lush gardens that would be planted where the road now sits. They talked of ornate fountains rising from carpets of painstakingly manicured grass. But that grandiose vision for the long-awaited downtown park has given way to the reality of a city that never quite gets it right.




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