Every day (meaning, twice a week, really), I run the Esplanade, from the Museum of Science to the BU Bridge (meaning, from the Longfellow Bridge to the Mass Ave Bridge), so I pass by the sign saying “Future site of the Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields at Lederman Park”. The sign that used to say, “Opening, Summer 2006”, but now says, “Opening Soon”.
There was a formal dedication, apparently, on June 10, 2006, but, if memory serves me correctly, no one was able to actually use the fields, because of “heavy spring rains”, etc.
As of today, the field was still fenced-in (correct me if I’m wrong, please).
Along the same lines, the opening of the ICA is delayed. Less surprising news, for those of us following the story.
The ICA is still not announcing when it will open, but it’s clear the museum’s new building on the South Boston waterfront won’t be ready until at least mid-November.
On Sept. 20, ICA project manager Michael Waters told the Boston Conservation Commission that there were hopes of opening the new museum in late October or early November. This week, ICA deputy director Paul Bessire said that the building, on Fan Pier, will not be ready to open that soon.
When asked to estimate when the $51 million project will be complete, Bessire said, “We are looking at opening later this fall.”
I guess what I’m asking is, why do people feel the need to announce specific deadlines or dates, 1) when no one was asking for them and 2) when people have limited control over what happens?
How many times have you walked by a store, or a real estate development, and seen “Opening December 2006” replaced with “Opening May, 2007”, etc.?
It just looks like no one knows what they’re doing.
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