I don’t necessarily agree with what the Sox’ development person says, but it’s at least a worthy addition to the discussion on the future of our city.
Steve Bailey, in today’s Globe:
For all its obvious limitations, Fenway is authentic, the real thing, and can’t be replicated. It took out-of-town owners (the Globe’s parent company is an owner) to appreciate that, and an architect who could see not its imperfections but its possibilities. And she is not done yet.
Last week, I sat in the new State Street Pavilion, above the first base line, with the Red Sox’s Most Valuable Planner, Janet Marie Smith, and we talked not about Fenway, but about Boston. What if she could do for Boston what she has done for Fenway, I wanted to know? What would she do?
I don’t know if the ideas of a person who works for a private company, and one in a very unique situation, can make suggestions relevant to an urban environment, that’s all.
Like, I disagree with statement:
“Boston’s history is a huge asset . . . It is the urban equivalent to going to a national park,” she says. “It is a fabulous and free way to experience one of our greatest cities. These kinds of things for a city last forever.” So while Boston debates the “what do we do next” question, Smith offers an answer: “First and foremost, you build on the blocks you have. History is one of the most magical things about it.”
That makes Boston sound old and musty, like my grandfather, not old and historic.
Complete story: Save Boston – By Steve Bailey, The Boston Globe