Boston, MassachusettsBoston City Hall Plaza
Change for Boston City Hall and City Hall Plaza could and should be conceived and managed in the spirit that informed the original idea. Modernism embraced all aspects of design and its interface with humanity, and there are ample opportunities to allow the plaza to evolve by making use of ideas and palate of mid-century Modern design to heighten and enhance its presence. Among the many upgrades that might be envisioned are new construction to better define the plaza, the introduction of fine scale elements to add to its visual texture, new landscaping, and regulatory changes that could encourage commercial interventions such as Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood Architect’s goal of locating a Rathskeller in City Hall and more recent efforts to build a hotel alongside the plaza.
By acknowledging, understanding and respecting the heritage of the plaza, its essence can be preserved and interpreted while it is simultaneously enriched through intelligent change that will heighten the experience of all its users.
A group of concerned citizens has formed an advocacy group aimed at lobbying to keep Boston City Hall in Government Center. The group, Citizens for City Hall, supports revitalizing the existing City Hall into a green, state-of-the art, public building rather than relocating it to South Boston. You can contact this group at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also encouraged to write your city council member and make your concerns known.