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There are 4 comments on Comm Ave Construction Nears Final Stretch

  1. “… will more closely resemble the Emerald Necklace, as the city’s parkways are known…” is not factually correct.
    IIRC, the phrase “Emerald Necklace did NOT refer to roadways or parkways, but landscaped park areas, like the nearby Fens. These were planned/designed “green” areas created to break-up the relentless block-upon-block of buildings and to preserve some touchstone to nature for city-dwellers.
    That a very few roads, like downtown Commonwealth Avenue, have some green component to them (in this case the mall that divides the inbound & outbound lanes in th Back Bay) does not make them the origin of the term Emerald Necklace.
    I do think it is a terrific idea that there are more trees and planting along the cities roads.

  2. “Workers widened the sidewalks and installed raised granite planters, benches, and bicycle racks.” Yup, those things have certainly been added and the effect is pleasing to the eye — when no one is trying to walk. However, I wonder if anyone on the planning team has tried to walk on these “wider” sidewalks during the periods between classes. The stretch on the south side of Comm. Ave. between 700 and the Guitar Center is brutal. The trees, benches and bike racks significantly reduce the width of the walkway. The sardine effect when a lot of people attempt to walk in both directions is significant. The project is a wonderful idea, but the execution has fallen short of the intended goals of safety (from cars, maybe, but watch out for those new trees’ branches at eye height or the bike racks in the middle of traffic!) and better pedestrian flow.

  3. Finally, a more aesthetic looking street that took ages to finish. It definitely is more refreshing to pass by the new Commonwealth Avenue that it was before.

  4. It’s just ironic that being a “state initiative” this project is, BU still ended up spending $3M for it. I mean, you know, if the Feds thought of doing it in the first place then they should be the first one to shell out some budget for it. But then again, it’s all for the good. Whatever gets through our life, it’s all right. ;-)


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