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Massachusetts Liberal

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Boston blues

The Mayor for Life has his mind set on a new City Hall and a 1,000-foot skyscraper. He should be focused on dirty, potholed streets and empty stores.

Holiday shopping brought us into town yesterday, catching up with lots of changes on Cambridge Street and Beacon Hill. The new Charles Street MBTA station is a highlight of major changes on Cambridge Street, where development around Mass. General is starting to make a difference.

Highlight of that jaunt was the Liberty Hotel -- hey guys, is it going to have the best cell reception in town?

Then you get to Downtown Crossing. Macy's already had taken the Jordan Marsh tradition and flushed it down the drain -- exiling the Enchanted Village and other holiday traditions. Now they are about do do the same for the Filene's tradition. Barnes & Noble bit the dust and discount retailers like Marshall's dominate the stretch in one direction.

Head back the other way and not even the Ritz can change the gloom of lower Washington Street heading toward the Combat Zone. Dark storefronts on the second-to-last Saturday before Christmas?

Trash on the sidewalks and uneven rutted streets are the norm through Allston-Brighton, the Back Bay and Downtown. But Tom Menino is focusing is attention on a new City Hall and a monument to his reign.

What happened to the Urban Mechanic?

UPDATE: Michael Jonas does an even better job on the topic than me. And this is not what I would call a livable city.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you expect? Boston is a shithole and will never be a world class city.

December 17, 2006 3:36 PM  

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