Roquefort Roach's projects
Replace single-story building with a mixed-use complex that includes a street-level transit station (Silver or Green) serving Washington Street outbound to Dudley and Shawmut Ave inbound to the portal at Eliot Norton Park, connecting underground at Boylston Station.
Establish meaningful design standards that would preclude architectural designs reminiscent of c. 1985 Dallas suburbs from being considered.
We need to do a better job of leveraging current laws and rules to encourage owners of abandoned buildings to sell to responsible developers who will continue to invest in our historic neighborhoods.
The lawn at BFIT sits at one of the most visible intersections in South End. It is also closed off to the public most of the time. What a wonderful place this would be for a few trees and park benches where students and South Enders alike could enjoy the precious green space South End has to offer.
Of course there is no simple answer to crime but these types of housing projects are a part of the answer. Just because there is no one simple answer doesn't mean that one should ignore issues were they arise.
The design is about as far from excellent as design can get. Comparing it to what I agree are ill-conceived high rise public housing projects is using about the lowest bar available. Both are exceedingly bad; one is just a bit worse.
It is a poor use of acreage in a densely populated city; the lack of thru-streets creates a disconnect from the neighborhood. The actual design of the units is shoddy. It has no redeeming qualities.
I am not talking about the "history". I am talking about the reality of today. These are well intentioned but failed experiments. There are better ways of incorporating affordable housing.
It is a poor utilization of land. It is an eye sore. It is poor urban planning.
I'd like to see a small shopping mall full of pop-ups built on the cheap. Take an unused building and fill it up with mama/papa stores.
The entire Widett Circle/Tow Lot area should be redeveloped to connect the South End to South Boston/Dorchester Ave. There are a multitude of things you can do with this property. Some ideas; build an underpass or a bridge above 93, expand the channel back to 93 and build walking bridges, build another commuter rail station that services all three neighborhoods. It would be an enormous opportunity for a new neighborhood and additional affordable housing.
Allow more dense housing. Almost every housing proposal is met with claims of it being too tall, too dense, etc. As an accommodation to neighborhoods, housing is cut back. Thousands of people can live in those housing units that are never built. Real people need real housing.
The underpasses between Southie and the South end near East Berkeley could be brightened up with some murals or public art?
Cover the Pike with a deck and put a park above it. Would re-knit the neighborhoods and provide green space for the city.
Install underground fiber optic high speed internet (eg FiOS) for neighborhood residents. Clean up the phone and cable wires in the alleys, many of which are unused and untidy, particularly in Back Bay and South End.
Downtown Boston can be a bustling atmosphere during the work week - but have you ever visited it on the weekends? Most restaurants are closed, there's not many bars open & if you don't want to go to Fanuiel Hall - not much activity happening. The Financial District should have more pop-up activities. Farmers markets, spotlights on historical buildings, any event that highlights what Boston has to offer throughout the downtown area.
While Boston's summers are short, they are glorious! Relax the permitting process for outdoor dining. It draws people out to spend money locally with a halo effect on other local businesses.
Nobody will be taking architectural tours of early 21st century Boston in 30-50 years.
Rehab and Refurb BHA buildings at 711-755 Tremont Street, similar to work on Castle Square. Lease some properties to developers if needed to cover costs.