SM& Reimagines City Hall Plaza
March 16, 2015
March 16, 2015
The Boston Globe recently reported on Mayor Walsh’s “request for ideas” to enliven City Hall Plaza, the 200,000-square-foot brick field that surrounds City Hall and leaves little to be desired.
As someone who walks through City Hall Plaza on my morning commute, the space currently serves as a direct (and ugly) cut-through from Cambridge Street to State Street which leads me to SM&’s office. I’d like to see the space transform into a park that functions as an extension of Faneuil Hall with coffee shops and quick, healthy dining options. Located adjacent to the Financial District, I’d like the space to enforce work-life balance, offering plentiful green space for workout classes before, during, and after work; as well as space to sit and eat lunch or have outdoor internal business meetings. (Natural light does help improve productivity – there are many studies!)
For some additional insights, I reached out to my colleagues. Here are a few additional thoughts:
The Boston Herald reported on the Mayor’s call, noting a Tewksbury woman’s suggestion of using the space as an “ ‘artists’ square’ ” where local artists could create and sell their artwork” – I like that idea too.
It’s an exciting time for Boston. Construction cranes dot the skyline as we blend our unique history with new, modern developments to start Boston’s next chapter. I am excited to see what is next for City Hall Plaza specifically as it links some of our city’s most well-traveled, culturally unique sections – Beacon Hill, the Financial District and Downtown Crossing.
Have an idea? Submit it via Twitter to @marty_walsh and @NotifyBoston using #CityHallPlaza. According to the Boston Globe, the city would like to receive ideas by May 4. Walsh said he hoped something could be in place by 2016 after the completion of the MBTA’s new Government Center Station.
Photo Credit: Peter H. Dreyer via Flickr