Last week, developer Delaware North Companies was tapped by the City of Boston as the latest visionary to provide much needed revitalization to City Hall Plaza. As part of the task, Delaware North is responsible for creating year-round programming to create a livable, active space that provides an all-around better experience for residents and tourists. The plaza will be split into “activation zones” focused on different areas including hospitality, music and community.

Will they finally get the ball rolling on what feels like a decades-long conversation on how to transform Boston’s notorious concrete jungle? As a city that’s booming with new development and attracting younger generations, it’s time that we finally made moves to leverage the opportunity presented by this large open space in the heart of the city.

So what’s potentially in store? As recapped by The Boston Globe

  • A “casual cool” restaurant featuring local ingredients in a temporary two-story building surrounded by outdoor eating and beer garden areas. Nearby, a ground-level “#BOSTON” sign would become “an instant landmark . . . the ultimate new Boston selfie station.”
  • An “urban beach” area would be set up in summer, replete with sand, beach chairs, umbrellas, and cabanas.
  • A winter garden and ice skating venue, featuring “cozy warming huts,” hot cocoa stations, and — why not? — curling.
  • Additional concert series that would build on the success of the popular Boston Calling festivals.
  • An “observation wheel”
  • A series of interactive art installations, inspired by the glow-in-the-dark “Impulse” seesaws in Montreal that also play music.
  • Semi-permanent food and coffee stalls near the Government Center MBTA station.

Of all the elements that news outlets have been most fixated on, the observation wheel definitely takes the spotlight. Personally, I love the idea of more restaurant and outdoor eating and drinking space, fun light installations (like the glow in the dark swings at the Lawn on D) and winter activities. I’m not quite sold on the idea of a giant Ferris wheel in Boston as it feels as other cities have been there and done that, and something about lounging in beachwear while staring at the Government Center Garage doesn’t quite connect for me. Regardless, it will be exciting to see how this project unfolds.

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