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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.

Matthew Amorello and Fred Yalouris   Turnpike Authority Chairman Matthew Amorello, right, and Fred Yalouris, chief of architecture for the Central Artery/Ted Williams Tunnel project, examine some of the ideas to come out of the May 11 Community Conversation, held at Boston English High School. (Marc Margulies photo)

Creative Community Conversations

* Boston Globe story
* Column by M. David Lee
* Gallery of ideas from April 14
* Gallery of ideas from May 11
* Photo gallery from May 11
* Organizers and sponsors

More than 350 people took part in a pair of public events, called Creative Community Conversations, about the future of the parks that will be developed above and beyond the Big Dig.

Participants shared ideas for uses of the Big Dig parkland, drawing upon memories and experiences of urban open space that works, with special emphasis on what would keep them coming back again and again.

They then split into small groups and conducted planning exercises in which they developed scenarios for use of the parks. They were given three options for basing their scenarios:

  • Developing uses for various times of the day
  • Developing uses for different seasons
  • Developing uses that connect places and people

The scenarios had to stand three tests:

  • Did they encourage social engagement and help connect people?
  • Did they create a civic identity and engender civic pride?
  • Did they offer personal fulfillment and enrich people's lives?

The ideas generated were offered as guidance for designers and decision makers as they plan how to use the newly created parkland.

The events, held April 14 at the Boston Harbor Hotel and May 11 at Boston English High School, were sponsored by The Boston Foundation and the Boston Society of Architects.

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