A true green vision for the Greenway

February 22, 2011

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RE “END of grand Greenway vision’’ (Page A1, Feb. 17): After listening for years to the Greenway design discussions, I do not feel there was ever a good vision. The abandonment of a fourth major building, the YMCA of Greater Boston, on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is not a loss. Rather, it presents an opportunity for the most obvious original vision to reemerge. This Greenway wants to be a magnificent green swath of trees from the North End to Chinatown.

I returned recently from revisiting Muir Woods, north of Mill Valley, Calif., where a breathtaking section of a giant sequoia was on display. The Greenway does not need to bother with more food vendors or buildings. Planting a bold landscape of mature trees that would grow together for hundreds of years would lend a spirituality to the Boston recovery of this site from the devastation of the 1950s construction of the Southeast Expressway.

Allow a vision for the Greenway in which all who come and walk its paths have to look up to magnificent, inspiring trees from our New England past. As we crane our necks, we are put in our place by nature’s living towers.

From these paths we can walk over to the food markets and feed ourselves, but not before an exceptional experience inside the groves of the Greenway.

Woody Kelly