Hello avid Democrats. Thanks for all that you do at BMG keeping people engaged on critical topics about Massachusetts, and Boston in particular.
Following a year filled with hearings and public meetings on the Boston Common, I’m in the process of working up a report on our findings, including recommendations for making significant improvements on the Common. We have heard from so many people about ways that the Common can be better, cleaner, and safer, and I’ll be presenting a report to my colleagues in the near future.
At Boston Daily, I’ve provided a preview of a number of our bigger ideas from that report, and cleared up a few misconceptions.
Our major premise is that the Common will benefit as more positive activity is generated in the park.
The proposal that I’m most excited about is the establishment of a restaurant on the park. Our vision is a popular eatery that entices a diverse and vibrant crowd. When our Committee visited New York City, we saw two sites that were intriguing models for the Common: The Shake Shack at Madison Park, which serves $7 hamburgers and draws huge lines; and the Boathouse at Central Park, which provides a cafeteria, indoor and outdoor bar, and moderately priced restaurant, all with a great view.
There are several ideal locations for this establishment that will be presented in the report. We see great opportunity in this effort for improvements in the park, the neighborhood, and the city as a whole. A restaurant provides benefits by increasing year-round, late-evening traffic on the Common, which has a positive impact on crime in the area, and helps reinvigorate the neighborhood.
Please let us know your thoughts and stay involved. We’ll let you know when we plan on having our next public working session on the Boston Common. Many thanks.
(By the way, while you’re visiting the Ross Report, be sure to check out some of my thoughts working in Florida doing voter protection for President-Elect Barack Obama and my experiences at the DNC.)