Name: Hyde SquareType: PlazaLocation: Centre St. at Perkins St., Boston, MAPhoto Credit: Russell Preston
Aperture
f/9
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Name: Hyde SquareType: PlazaLocation: Centre St. at Perkins St., Boston, MAPhoto Credit: Russell Preston
Aperture
f/9
Shutter Speed
1/350th
ISO
200
Focal Length
18mm
Camera
Fujifilm X-E1

Name: Hyde Square
Type: Plaza
Location: Centre St. at Perkins St., Boston, MA
Photo Credit: Russell Preston

How often do you find yourself walking across a street that just has too much pavement? In our daily travels around Boston we find spaces like this all over the place which is usually followed with the remark “can’t this land be put to better use?” We think those spaces could be doing more for their neighborhoods. Let’s re-imagine these forgotten pieces of pavement to provide more places for people to rest, socialize, and enjoy the life of the city. We’ve created pavementtoplazas.org as an open source project (please contribute) to document the wide variety of “excess pavement” that could evolve into a new parks, plazas, wider sidewalks or an entirely new public space for the city to enjoy. We need your help to find all these opportunities!

Tell us where there is too much space dedicated to parking and pavement that you think could be reconstructed as a new public space for people. We think the Boston region needs to join other world class cities like San Francisco and New York by instituting a proper “pavement to plazas” program. The first step in this campaign is documenting our potential so that we can visualize all of these missed opportunities.