Rose Kennedy Greenway is a "Placeless Desert"

Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway is an urban park built over the "Big Dig" highway tunnel, and as Robert Campbell of the Boston Globe puts it, "a design disaster."
May 3, 2010, 8am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Campbell says that the lessons of Jane Jacobs were clearly ignored by the planners and designers behind the Rose Kennedy Greenway. On a recent walk, he found it almost entirely deserted.

Campbell writes, "It's a series of oversize shapeless spaces, none of which seems to have a purpose. Some are paved with stone, some with concrete, some have trees, some have flowers. It all feels random. It doesn't look as if it's been shaped by a creative mind. There are things to look at but nothing to do.

Only twice did I feel I was in anything I'd define as a memorable place."

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Published on Friday, April 30, 2010 in Project for Public Spaces blog
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