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Thursday, December 14, 2006

New City Hall announced

I know, I've been slacking. Even this news is a day late: Boston Mayor Tom Menino announced yesterday that he wants to build a new city hall on the South Boston waterfront. It would be built where the Bank of America Pavilion currently sits, near the Seaport World Trade Center and the new Institute of Contemporary Art.

Menino said, "This new building will bring together the city's past and its future, at a site that unites the history of our harbor with the promise of tomorrow's Boston."

What do I think? First, remodeling Downtown Crossing, then the tower in Winthrop Square, and now this. Tom's becoming a visionary in his old age.

If this goes through, the mayor plans on selling the Government Center site to developers. Does this mean the award winning, 40-year old Brutalist structure is going to be torn down? I hope not. I'll admit it, it's myriad levels can make figuring your way around a little more difficult, but it makes for such a visually interesting building.

As for the new building, it will be in a beautiful location that is seeing other various improvement projects over the next few years (and less than a mile from our place). The view of the city skyline would be blocked by the buildings on Boston Fish Pier, though. And getting there (either on the Silver Line) won't be as easy as it is to get to Government Center (Blue, Green, Orange, and Red lines all stop nearby).

Lastly, for the design, I'll wait to at least see the various developers' proposals before I agree with Menino that it'll be "architecturally magnificent".


Chris said...

I'd be very surprised if this project actually goes through, but it is good to see South Boston getting so much attention lately!

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