Commentaries

Downtown View: Mass. Hysteria

The hysterics are back. This time it’s the mural on the Greenway that two Brazilian brothers painted on a ventilation building. To hear the moral outrage folks, it’s not just questionable art, it’s anti-American, terrorist-derived, anti-Christian, you name it, but name it only in extremes. Get over it. It’s a painting. But hysteria is now Read More…

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Downtown View: Two Greenway Matters

The Greenway Conservancy is much maligned these days. Bloated salaries, ham-handed relationships with neighbors, advocates and meeting attendees, an aura of secrecy and a haughty attitude are some of the criticisms lobbed at this five-year-old organization charged with developing and maintaining the Rose Kennedy Greenway on top of the Big Dig. Maybe some of the Read More…

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Downtown View: Parks, Pools, and Democracy

Rachael Ringenberg takes her one-year-old daughter to the Esplanade as much as she can. They head for the Lee Memorial Wading Pool, across Storrow Drive from the signs, “If you lived here, you’d be home now.” Rachael says the Lee wading pool is ideal. It’s not as crowded and chaotic as the Frog Pond, which Read More…

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Downtown View: Make MEEI’s Plan Better

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary has proposed giving up its parking lot on the Esplanade, rerouting Storrow Drive and its ramps, building an addition to its main building over the Charles Street extension and constructing a large parking lot underneath the Esplanade. Ambitious. There have been the usual complaints, anxieties, and turf battles. West Enders Read More…