Jay Fitzgerald: There is indeed something striking about City Hall's iconic exterior that's worth preserving. He proposes gutting the interior and re-doing it and doing something about the damn plaza (Jay: Didn't Menino once propose doing something about the plaza - after which he promptly got shot down by the federal government, which has a veto thanks to the JFK Building? Yes, he did)
John Daley would hate to see the building torn down:
... The fact is that City Hall and its plaza are an icon, a symbol of the city. ...
Calla says the current City Hall's location far outweighs its ugliness:
... A nice view is not worth the agony of all the people who won't be able to get there. ...
Charles Swift would go even further by building an annex on the Congress Street side:
... This annex would not only handle most of the face to face transactions people have with the City of Boston (one of the main complaints of visitors is that the current City Hall is depressing) but also provide space for a new museum of Boston history and National Park Service visitor center at the ground levels. Reconfiguring the walking paths through City Hall Plaza would also make the route to the North End clearer for those coming from Boston Common/Beacon Hill, perhaps by taking cues from the original street layout which ran through Scollay Square before redevelopment. ...
Carpundit wonders: Why now?
... I cannot understand why a mayor of the people like Mumbles Menino would want to move his operation away from the people.
Unless maybe there's some money involved. You don't think he could be setting himself up for a retirement job with the developers, do you? You don't think the corrupt Boston Redevelopment Authority will have a hand in this somewhere? Nah. Not in Boston.
The Outraged Liberal, though, thinks the whole thing is a whacked-out idea from a mayor with an edifice complex:
... I think bringing the Enchanted Village back might be a better legacy. ...
Adam can't wait for the Fortress to be torn down:
... It truly is depressing in a Brave New World way. It is literally across the street from some of the finest colonial architecture in the country, and is a monstrosity and an eyesore that is regularly panned by architects and regular folks alike. ...
What, exactly, did Menino say? Joe Keohane posts a transcript.