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Big Dig and Beyond

Big Dig and Beyond

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Published by: Andrew Kaczynski on Feb 17, 2012
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WHAT THE MESS ON BEACON HILL MEANS TO YOU

 Big Dig woefully late and over budget  1 state, 2 highway overheads  10+ years without consensus on how to

restore the surface artery 
An empty $1B convention center surrounded

by 1,000 acres of mud & parking lots, and graced by America¶s ugliest building (the CAT vent)

NEW LEADERSHIP, NEW VISION 
Professional windup of the Big Dig  Streamlined highway management  Great Cities and the Emerald Necklace  Strategic decisions on Hynes Convention

Center and Seaport District

PROFESSIONAL WINDUP OF THE BIG DIG 
Top-to-bottom outside audit with full public

disclosure 
Aggressive oversight based on audit findings 


Reporting directly to Governor Turnpike Authority removed from management role 

100% accountability for Big Dig contractors  Elimination of any remaining wasteful

extravagance

STREAMLINED HIGHWAY MANAGEMENT 
The turnpike is a good roadway 

Let¶s keep it that way 

But Turnpike Authority and Mass Highway

overlap needlessly 


Combine the best from both Consolidate all operations under Mass Highway 

Savings go to turnpike toll relief  Legal pathway already in place

GREAT CITIES: THE ISSUE 
We need vibrant, livable cities 

We are among the most urban of states with 10x average U.S. population density 

But our cities have suffered 

Day-to-day spending has crowded out long-term investment in the future Infrastructure has crumbled  

We need a new plan for great cities 

Vision has been held hostage to waste, patronage and Beacon Hill¶s obsession with the status quo

GREAT CITIES: THE VISION 
Government must work to make city life

enjoyable, not just bearable 
  

Safe and clean environment Cultural diversity Inspirational architecture Playful open spaces 

A proper role of state government 

Critical for growth and prosperity of entire Commonwealth

GREAT CITIES: THE EMERALD NECKLACE 
Surface artery restoration 

Historic opportunity to reconnect Boston with its waterfront Public space consistent with spirit of The Emerald Necklace Show what a great 21st century American city can be   

CA surface cannot become 

Wind-swept scar; a mirror of Government Center Plaza Hodge-podge of Beacon Hill paybacks Bleeding cityscape without a maintenance budget 



COMPLETING THE EMERALD NECKLACE 
Governor must lead 


Collaborative process Take responsibility for funding 
State and city  Business  Public and nonprofit contributions 

100% open until 100% planned and funded

STRATEGIC DECISIONS: HYNES AND SEAPORT 
Beacon Hill has brought us « 


Two uneconomical Convention Centers A stalled Seaport District

CONVENTION CENTER OPTIONS

HYNES C.C.
Dispose Keep

SEAPORT C.C.

Dispose

Keep

CONVENTION CENTER OPTIONS

HYNES C.C.
Dispose Keep

SEAPORT C.C.

Dispose

Keep

SEAPORT DISTRICT OPTIONS

SEAPORT DEVELOPMENT
Jumpstart Stall

SEAPORT C.C.

Dispose

Keep

SEAPORT DISTRICT OPTIONS

SEAPORT DEVELOPMENT
Jumpstart Stall

SEAPORT C.C.

Dispose

Keep

DISPOSE, JUMPSTART

HYNES C.C.
Dispose Keep Keep

SEAPORT DISTRICT
Jumpstart Stall

SEAPORT C.C.

Dispose

Keep

Dispose

STRATEGIC ACTION 
Sell Hynes Convention Center 


Stop $15M+ annual state budget subsidy Redirect parking garage profits 

Jumpstart The Seaport District 
    

Convene summit meeting of all parties Reform permitting process Remove regulatory uncertainties Enhance public access Beautify ugly vent shaft Introduce time-bound financial incentives

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