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Central Artery Corridor Master Plan
Massachusetts Turnpike Authority
Size: 34 acres / 13.8 hectares
For many years Bostonians dreamed of ways to reconnect the city to its waterfront and to heal the wound caused by the elevated highway running through the heart of its downtown neighborhoods. These dreams were realized with the Central Artery/Tunnel project, which buried the Central Artery in a tunnel and replaced the elevated structure with more than 30 acres of "reclaimed" land in downtown Boston.
In anticipation of the removal of the elevated highway, we were selected by the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to lead a team of planners and landscape architects in developing a master plan for the Central Artery Corridor. We seized on the unprecedented opportunity to re-knit the urban fabric of Boston while providing much-needed open space and amenities for the adjoining neighborhoods, districts and region. Completed in 2001, the Corridor Plan provided design guidelines for three major new public spaces, described how those spaces would be framed by new structures, created imperatives for connections to the water and generated early concepts for realizing the greatest benefit in and for the surrounding districts.
An essential component of the plan’s success was the design of a unique public engagement process that invited diverse corridor neighborhoods, civic groups, open space advocates and regional interest groups to join in the planning and programming. Our engagement process brought neighbors, city residents, historians, waterfront planners, artists, designers, state and local staff and officials around the same table to generate ideas and endorse the plan.