Leah Beckett



August, 2020

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Supported a comment by Eugenia Schraa on Broadway Park 1 year ago
Eugenia Schraa
The layout looks beautiful. The height is great. As a neighbor who comes to Green Rose park with my two kids all the time, open space means A LOT to me. But we don't need more open space here. We need more housing. I'm so excited for this deadzone in our neighborhood to become alive and active. I would be happy even with another floor added on so more people could live here.
Commented on Broadway Park 1 year, 1 month ago
I agree. The height will match the Maynard Fletcher School and the George Close building well. The issue is aesthetic – why so boxy and ugly with fewer windows on the top floor? The top floor is a charcoal box sitting on top of an otherwise neighborhood-friendly building. I would suggest making the top floor a mansard roof with different windows (examples here: https://theskunkpot.com/mansard-roof/), or something completely unique on top of the cornice at the top of the fourth floor (like the George Close building has) .

I would also suggest eliminating the parking spaces (we live a few blocks away in a 1901 building with 25+ units and no parking and are all happily surviving). If that cannot be done, I would suggest moving the garage to the side street and keeping Broadway a commercial strip instead of a garage. And if parking needs to be included for zoning reasons, I hope the spots will not be deeded with individual units so that garage could eventually become a first floor commercial space.
Supported a comment by phil rinehart on Broad Canal Subdistrict Zoning & Development 1 year, 2 months ago
phil rinehart
Trees for sure. Also the part of Kendall street that sweeps around (running North) in front of Genzyme could stand to be narrowed (it's a single lane anyway), and the sidewalks on both sides could include parking/dropoff PLUS landscaping. The idea there would be to consider of the sidewalk as a PATH THROUGH THE LANDSCAPE (rather than "a sidewalk with trees as an afterthought"), so you could - visually and conceptually - landscape the entire area FIRST, THEN add a path and cut-throughs as needed.
Commented on Broad Canal Subdistrict Zoning & Development 1 year, 2 months ago
Living/interactive sculptures: https://weburbanist.com/2017/09/18/pop-up-pavilions-15-playful-temporary-architecture-installations/3/ https://www.designboom.com/architecture/cuhk-bamboo-toroo-pavilion-taiwan-11-03-2019/
Followed Broad Canal Subdistrict Zoning & Development 1 year, 2 months ago
Commented on Broad Canal Subdistrict Zoning & Development 1 year, 2 months ago
While Cambridge favors permanent, dominant playgrounds, I would hope the city would opt for something like a splash pad or something cheap and flexible like a ropes course (example: https://www.instagram.com/parkup.tw/) that everyone could enjoy. The current playgrounds favor small children and do little to inspire wonder. I don't think the city has given children enough credit for running around, and I hope if a permanent playground is included that it will be much smaller than the ones that take up all of the open space in mid-Cambridge.