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!
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.