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What’s new in Boston?

How about plans to reshape the landscape outside Boston’s Audubon Circle neighborhood.

I love this idea. It would make the area much more pedestrian-friendly, appealing, and workable.

The most dramatic part of BU’s vision includes building wide platforms over the Massachusetts Turnpike and Storrow Drive. Renderings show the platforms containing 8 acres of open space and unspecified buildings. The idea is to enhance pedestrian and bike access to the Charles River, said Ken Greenberg, the master planning consultant to BU. “This could create a true gateway to the river and its trails,” as well as to Brookline.

Mountfort would become an arterial between the BU Bridge and the Longwood area at Park Drive, with fewer access points and less infusion of traffic into residential areas. A separate bridge for buses and bikes would take that traffic out of the mix, too.

Another feature, Greenberg explained, would be a transit hub accessed from a pedestrian deck at Commonwealth.

The hub would include links to the “C” Green Line, commuter rail, bike trails, and the much-debated Urban Ring – a bus or light-rail connection of the neighborhoods surrounding Boston’s downtown, set to roll out around 2020.

Source: BU revs up riverside vision – By Andreae Downs, The Boston Globe

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