Notre Art Museum, San Francisco, Boston discussed on The Frankie Boyer Show


Worker in nineteen seventy five hundred. So all of the class b office buildings were vacated, what many of them, anyway, and people moved into the class, a office buildings and looked at the class b buildings, which were empty and turn them into housing. So that if you take Letterman happened, for example, they were eight hundred people living there in nineteen seventy today, they're more than sixty thousand and that's all because of the conversion of these older buildings. And sometimes it was the conversion warehouses in law that would be the case. Fisherman's. In San Francisco, it would be the case, the seaport in Boston. So there are many of these situations, and they're all different. It's interesting because. Most of Bostian find the seaport area to be obnoxious, and they are not happy about it at all. They are just not happy about it, and it really is a concrete jungle, and I just I walked over there with a friend the other day. There are these little pop up stores. There's lines for there are two museums children's museum and onions, AM a Notre art museum. You have hotels, you have all sorts of things there. It's not a concrete jungle. It's a complex downtown with mixed uses makes us. But unfortunately the architecture on the main seaport boulevard is so ugly. They're, they're trying to put some sculpture in color back into it. But there's nothing green. I don't know where people that have dogs take their dogs because there's nothing Green Left. There's not an ounce of space left right now. Overly. There's a problem nod all along that. What is including, where the courthouses and those, those park land, there, there's park land across the way from the art museum. Much. It's tiny it's tiny. It's tiny. Fifty years ago, this new and cat say that it's only concrete jungle. There are many things going into the seaport. Now there are new. Absolutely he doesn't. Love your life is quite different. She's going to say it does not look like an American city. It just doesn't it doesn't have the feel of an American city? Something New York you'll see lots of places that are like it's go to Chicago better San Francisco. There are lots of places like it in the United States. And I would go further than that, if you look at the immigrants that are there, that's a big change. You have the Silverline you couldn't get there by mass transit. There's no doubt about it. I am very grateful for the development of the seaport. I just didn't architecture like all of the glass. Framed buildings and the Veritas ugly logo and Frankie. I'm a trained architect. I assume that all new buildings are mediocre very rarely do we get a great work of architecture built in our cities. These are ordinary real estate projects. And none of them are extraordinary or other. They're very few. And it makes no difference. I write about any number of these places in the heart of the city. I don't think anywhere did I discuss the quality of the architecture. I just wish it might have some architecture. I wish it had something outstanding something that we could marvel at, you know, why that it's no different. If you go to the back bay. Well the back bay. Around the government. Now the back bay has the mall. The back bay has public gardens. The back bay has Newbury street has lovely lovely lovely town houses, and go to the seaport in twenty five years, you will find very similar places. It's in the process of being transformed into a new kind of downtown. Well, listen, my neighborhood. I was gonna say the same land it will ready seems absolutely fetter. And when I moved into this neighborhood many, many, many decades ago, my own neighborhood, which is the north end of Boston waterfront via was also. Yes. There was also nothing. It was nothing. It was not developed. It was not built out. It was we're we're the park is right now. Which is absolutely gorgeous gem, a park right on the water. It's just magnificent with a trellis that area next to it was vacant. It was all broken down hippy if it happened in the north. Artists. Great books, about the north end being great places by Jane Jacobs, and others and going there and being disappointed. Well, it's now more than half a century later, and lots of investment went in and these are very different neighborhoods today. Well, Alex, Dan, you've done what you've done. Well, we're talking about it. It's called the heart of the city creek, creating, vibrant, downtowns for new century..

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