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The Landscape Architect's Guide to Boston

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Also featured in the guide are new sustainable works that demonstrate cutting-edge landscape technologies — including Raymond V. Mellone Park, a park that also manages storm water, and Condor Street Urban Wild, which caps toxic soils to create a new wildlife habitat and urban oasis.

Raymond V. Mallone Park.

Courtesy Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Condor Street Urban Wild. 

Courtesy Kaki Martin, ASLA, Klopfer Martin Design Group

Major landscape projects show why Boston is one of the great re-developers of its urban core. In his tour, JP Shadley, FASLA, Shadley Associates, argues the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, part of the “Big Dig” project that got so much negative press at the time, is a huge success; it shows that large-scale urban redevelopment can really work. What was once a highway cutting its way through downtown Boston is now a rich, diverse, miles-long linear park used by thousands every day, dramatically improving the quality of life for people living and working there.

Chinatown Park. Rose F. Kennedy Greenway.

Courtesy Carol R. Johnson Associates

Cynthia Smith, FASLA, and Bob Uhlig, ASLA, at Halvorson Design Partnership show how the New Charles River Basin totally transformed the Charles River’s industrial past into an inter-connected set of parks, with amazing underpass parks amid the web of infrastructure.

Paul Revere Park.

Courtesy Carol R. Johnson Associates

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