Kristin Hall

Location

Cambridge, MA

Joined

December, 2014

Recent Activity

Commented on Kendall Square at MIT 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Motion seconded. A summer knee injury means I can echo that this is not just an inconvenience when every step is painful or difficult. Also, the placement of 120+db generators/motors right next to the elevator at the Kendall Sq. stop really does hearing damage while you are waiting for the elevator when you cannot take the stairs. When those are going, your ears keep ringing once you get into the elevator.
Supported a comment by Chryseis Fox on Kendall Square at MIT 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Chryseis Fox
how long please until detour from mbta mit stop straight to medical (e23) detour remains. i am disabled so detour iis one more difficulty en route to medical. likely people on crutches, non ambulatory, same issue, thanks!
Followed Kendall Square at MIT 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Followed Placemaking on Mass Ave: Central Square to the River 2 years, 3 months ago
Commented on Placemaking on Mass Ave: Central Square to the River 2 years, 11 months ago

Not that long ago, Kendall Square was just a green grocer away from being a well-rounded, quite liveable neighborhood.  Now, it is a collection of sandwich shops & 2nd floor businesses on the first floor (Fidelity), which makes for a pretty non-liveable neighborhood.

 

Don't make that mistake with Central.  You want to think of all the businesses people need in a day (pharmacy, grocery, laundry) and the funky little businesses that make a neighborhood great (art, toy stores, flower stores, shoe repair, crafts & jewelry, stationer, etc.)  In short, a *great* neighborhood means one doesn't have to walk more than a few blocks for anything they want or need.  It also serves to make the neighborhood a destination for others.  Central is well on it's way in this regard.

 

And don't fall into the "chain store trap" either.  Harvard Square wisely reversed course when people stopped coming to "The Mall At Harvard Square" and replaced the chains with new funky indies to take the place of the old ones that the chains displaced.

 

As mentioned below, bring in a place for fresh food purchase - esp. from local farmers & food makers.  Incubate indie stores.  Allow for art & performance space.  Can we get a theatre back

?  But, above all, balance the neighborhood.

 

You want both residents and daily workers to not have to leave the square to buy anything.  Then, you want them telling their friends to come to this wicked cool square.