"In Allston, on patches of land that are now crisscrossed by railroad tracks and Massachusetts Turnpike ramps, the mayor said he envisions a cluster of life-sciences developments that spur job growth and enliven the neighborhood. 'Our goal is not another industrial park like Kendall Square, but a neighborhood more like Harvard Square, a center of city life bustling with activity and commerce,' Menino said."
"It looks like there's an interest on the part of the mayor to develop an overall plan and have developers come in under those guidelines," Samuel R. Tyler, president of the Municipal Research Bureau said. "That hasn't always been the case in Boston, where the city has at times dealt with each development on a case-by-case basis, rather than on how they complied with an overall plan."
“Without a blueprint that beckons Boston to be even better, it’s easy to succumb to simple solutions that are unbecoming of a city as great as ours.”
A new neighborhood between downtown and Allston that captures and strengthens the growing residential population, biotech giants, universities and the Charles River;
Mayor Menino has directed a new team, consisting of BRA Director John Palmieri, DND Director Evelyn Friedman, and the City’s Chief Planner Kairos Shen, to present an action plan for to him by Labor Day.