For Immediate Release
May 31, 2013
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The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) and the National Park Service (NPS) will unveil an exhibit featuring “Connect Historic Boston” on Tuesday evening, June 4th, from 6 to 8 PM, at the Boston Society of Architects located at #290 Congress Street, Boston. “Connect Historic Boston” is a design initiative with a final goal of improving access to Boston’s rich and diverse historic sites. The project is jointly managed by NPS and BTD and the June 4th kick-off event is free and open to the public.
“The ‘Connect Historic Boston’ initiative supports the City’s Complete Streets approach to transportation planning,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “Safe, effective and attractive pedestrian and bicycle connections between the MBTAand Boston’s historic treasures will be enjoyed by both City residents and visitors, and will help to decrease traffic congestion and improve air quality as well.”
“The National Park Service is pleased to work with our partners in the City of Boston to demonstrate how access to parks and historic sites can be improved and the experience revolutionized with creative designs and programs,” said Boston National Historical Park Superintendent Cassius Cash.
The exhibit will remain available for public viewing at the BSA for two weeks. It includes three concept designs developed by the project team.
1) A multi-modal route linking North Station with the National Park at the Charlestown Navy Yard
2) Refurbished colonial era streets connecting Haymarket Station to Faneuil Hall
3) A reconstructed Joy Street that will enhance access to the African American National Historic site from nearby MBTA stations.
Submissions received as part of a student design competition will also be on display. Local students were invited to create “envelop pushing” innovations to link transportation, history and place. Awards will be presented to students from Wentworth Institute of Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design and Wellesley College.
The exhibit will also highlight community engagement programs. This includes “Steeple to Steeple,” an elementary school based-curriculum in urban design linking the Dudley Square neighborhood and the gateways to downtown historic sites en route along the Silver Line.
“Partnership and teamwork has made this creative project possible,” said BTD Commissioner Thomas J. Tinlin. “Funding has been provided by the Federal Transit Administration, and an extensive community process lead by an advisory committee representing neighborhood residents, advocacy groups and the local business community, has driven the process. Non-profit organizations that manage many of the city’s historic sites and buildings have also played a key role in the project.”