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Walsh looks to add innovation to public spaces

The high-tech community has already contributed two cellphone charging stations on the Greenway.
The high-tech community has already contributed two cellphone charging stations on the Greenway.Credit: Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

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New Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh wants to spruce up Boston’s public spaces and is looking for inspiration from the city’s tech and creative communities.

The mayor unveiled the Public Space Invitational Wednesday in the South Boston Innovation District and asked software engineers, designers, artists, architects and other creative types to jazz up open spaces with street furniture, technology devices or public art.

“We are asking members of our vibrant creative community to submit project ideas to make our public spaces simple, intuitive, and literally awesome,” Walsh said.

The mayor is even volunteering Boston City Hall and its outdoor plaza, notoriously nicknamed “the brick desert” as public spaces in need of a major spark. “It’s every architecture student’s dream to rethink City Hall Plaza. So, why not do something about it,”said Kris Carter of the mayor’s office of New Urban Mechanics.

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