Re: Downtown Crossing Renovations
posted at 12/11/2010 10:38 AM EST
In Response to Downtown Crossing Renovations
[QUOTE]What are your hopes for the new Downtown Crossing? What stores, restaurants and other entertainment are you expecting? Do you believe the project will be completed in a timely fashion?
Posted by BDCSwati[/QUOTE]
First off, I would like to see constructive discussion about the transformation of Downtown Crossing. That first response to the question is a typical MA response, bash something without providing one's own constructive thoughts/ideas. Ok so you may think it is a dump, but why do you think it is it a dump? If we know the reasoning behind the rather conclusory statement "that the area is a dump" then we can begin to think about changes/ideas to make the area better. In addition, brainstorming is a great way to start the discussion because it gets to the heart of what the people want. That last post is great because it shows one person's personal vision of the area. While not every idea may be feasible for a variety of reasons, the basics may be stepping stones for a greater change.
Second, we need to understand that many of the properties are privately owned. Some of the property owners may be great and others may be not so great in regards to contributing to the "feel and character" of the Downtown Area. Certainly the city plays a role with regards to Public Works, Safety and Permitting/Laws, but on the whole, we need to get all these players including ourselves, as citizens, to enact change and place pressure on those property owners unwilling to buy into a transformation of the area.
As for my thoughts, I'd like to find a way to get all of the Downtown workers and those rushing through to catch their trains to stay around the area for a bit. From my observations, Winter Street from Tremont to Washington and Summer Street from Washington down to South Station is always teeming with workers with headphones on, straight stares forward and brisk deliberate walks cutting through the area. I know some are trying to catch their commuter rail trains to get home so it may be difficult to get those folks to stay.
I think the idea of more residential support retail may be one way to capture commuters. While I don't envision someone buying some furniture at say a Target downtown and then taking the train home, it is feasible to say commuters could run an errand for housegoods (cleaning supplies, detergent, etc.) or maybe buy groceries to prepare dinner when they get home. Now that a few dormitories have opened up, maybe that will be an economic catalyst for getting some type of grocery store in the downtown area.