The Boston Globe discusses the failed promises for developments along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, as the news came this week ending plans for the New Center for Arts & Culture. The building was designated to go on the ramp parcel near Rowes Wharf. The article reviews the projects that were proposed, but have been canceled or long-delayed.
“Much has changed since plans for the Greenway were unveiled. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society proposed a botanical center spread over three sites, the Boston Museum project had architect Moshe Safde design a building for a plot near Quincy Market, and the New Center showed off drawings for a dramatic four-story structure with a theater, galleries, meeting rooms, and rooftop terrace. Now all of those plans have been abandoned.”
Taking a more critical view than what the Globe calls lost “jewels,” Universal Hub’s Cynic suggests more of a park:
“Perhaps this would be a good moment for the city to step back, take a deep breath, and rethink the entire Greenway scheme. As it stands, it’s a stupendous failure – a relatively narrow strip of grass isolated by two wide roadways, and chopped into short segments by cross-streets. It’s not clear that the city wants, needs, or can support a new array of massive cultural institutions running down its center.”