This on-site drawing shows the present condition of Hanover Street, composed to communicate the essential environmental characteristics of Hanover Street and its environmental context.
What is good:
Most of the negatives caused by the old elevated Central Artery are gone, specifically: (1)the dark and dingy spaces are now wholesome sunlighted green spaces, (2)the visual connections and (some of) the functional connections between the North End and the core of the city are recaptured.
What is not so good:
City Hall Plaza remains fragmented by heavy traffic from the adjacent district composed of the historic North End, the Blackstone Block and Haymarket Square. The cars on Hanover Street still intimidate and dominate the pedestrians on the sidewalks of Hanover Street (which was safe for pedestrians in the days of horse and buggy) however, todays' cars can easily jump the present sidewalk curbs.
1. Those sidewalks can be made safe by adding a variety of materials bringing thier surfaces 17 inches above the street level. Hence, the pedestrians would look over and dominate the cars, greatly improving the experience. 2.Arcades and Alcoves: added to Haymarket Square and where needed on the sidewalks, would create protection for pedestrianin in inclement weather. 3. By constructing a new pedestrian bridge (animated with shops) the daily users would move safely over the heavy traffic on Congress Street. In addition, appropriate traffic calming devices would be added at street level.
The line of pedestrian movement would become an un-interrupted, lively and user friendly experience. Hence, recapturing the original safe, compact and unified feeling of the old Hanover Street connection between the histotic North End, Haymarket Square, the Blackstone Block, New Parking and Boston City Hall Plaza.
Copyright George Kelso