Government Center – Boston, MA

9/9/2010:
Another shot of the Government Center in Boston, looking the opposite direction from my earlier post.  This shot is looking over the vast City Hall Plaza.  City Hall Plaza is not a well-loved space. As Bill Wasik wrote in 2006, “It is as if the space were calibrated to render futile any gathering, large or small, attempted anywhere on its arid expanse. All the nearby buildings seem to be facing away, making the plaza’s 11 acres (45,000 m2) of concrete and brick feel like the world’s largest back alley. … [It is] so devoid of benches, greenery, and other signposts of human hospitality that even on the loveliest fall weekend, when the Common and Esplanade and other public spaces teem with Bostonians at leisure, the plaza stands utterly empty save for the occasional skateboarder…” (Wasik 2006, 61) The plaza is often colloquially referred to as “the brick desert.” from wikipedia.

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