Wondering how Harvard's empty North Allston/North Brighton land can be put to some use without spending tens or hundreds of millions of dollars on construction? Now that it seems that the chance of new development is receding into the distant future, some creativity seems to be in order.
Twenty five years ago it was an abandonded landfill. Today it is home to a variety of public art installations, sort of like an urban version of the DeCordova. They host free Wednesday evening outdoor movie showings and art performances during the summer and a great variety of classes and special activities to promote fitness (yoga, pilates, tai chi) and arts and crafts workshops.
Of course all that doesn't come for free, and Soctrates' expenses in 2006 were $864,000. Certainly here in Allston we could start with much smaller. Regardless of scale, outdoor arts, events, and workshops open to all and of interest to a wide variety of people could be great.
"Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale work in a unique environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public. The Park's existence is based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and improvement of our urban environment."