An inaccessible City Hall?

Yecch

Yeah, City Hall sucks and yeah, the South Boston waterfront is just so buildalicious, and yeah, the city might get $300 million for the old building. But a key point of a city hall is accessibility to the people who pay for it. Does a City Hall reachable only by bus meet that criterion?

Tommy Von: haha. E-Z access out there:

I'm sure everyone would be thrilled to take the silver line everyday.

David Bernstein: "But think of the view from the Mayor's office!

Atlrvr might be willing to consider the move if the building became a great public space:

I just have a problem taking city hall out of the center of the city, where it is easily accessible to most everyone, and sticking it somewhat out of the way. It seems like the city is so committed to the South Boston Waterfront (BRA's aggressive entitlement, new courthouse, relocated ICA, new Conventrion Center, etc....) but they fail to take the most basic aspect into account. ACCESSIBILITY!!!! ...

John Keith: Menino hits the bottle, big time.

Matt Margolis can't stand City Hall, but doesn't want to see more waterfront space given over to government buildings.

Bruce wonders why this is news:

Boston City Hall, the Massachusetts State House and the Attorney General's office have been for sale for decades now.

But Ian offers five reasons to move City Hall, including:

Because we will finally be able to get rid of a building which is quite possibly The Worst Example Of Public Archetecture In The Whole Entire World.

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The BRA Owns City Hall Plaza so fuggedabout seeing any $

FYI - City Hall Plaza was taken by the BRA in an eminent domain process. Yes, that's right - WE DON"T OWN IT. The BRA DOES! For that matter, the BRA owns the Old City Hall on School Street, collects about $2MN in annual rents, pays no taxes and kicks $-0- into the City coffers.

Just in case you were wondering why your tax bill looks the way it does...

Some colleagues and I were

Some colleagues and I were discussing this this morning, and we all think it's a silly idea and that the Mayuh is just looking to leave a legacy.

A legacy with a water view.

People come into City Hall to transact business over their lunch hour all the time. How much more of a hassle will it be if the building's out on the waterfront? How many buses and Silver Lines are they going to have to add just so the employees can get to work on time? As it is, all four T lines are within a five minute walk of City Hall; the Orange, Blue, and Green have exits at City Hall's doorstep.