Shopper's Park

Steve Abreu asks about this mysterious sign heading up from the Downtown Crossing T stop:

Whatever happened to Shopper's Park? What was it?




Answer via Twitter

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Transit Police reply:

On Franklin between Arch & Washington was a small sitting area owned by the old Filene's that was called Shoppers Park. It had shade trees in large concrete planters with benches attached. Torn down when Filene's annex building was demolished

And that's not the only sign still pointing Downtown Crossing T riders to something that no longer exists. At the other end of the Forest Hills platform on the Orange Line is a marker to the failed Lafayette Place mall:

Lafayette Place sign

ArchBoston discussion on Lafayette Place.


Oak Escalator

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It wasn't terribly long ago that there was an oaken (as in WOODEN) escalator near the back door to Jordan Marsh... Oh, wait. I mean Macy's....


My brother was going up that

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My brother was going up that escalator once and noticed the woman in front of him heel got caught in the wooden steps. It was all he could do to wrestle it free from the moving escalator.
Riding up that escalator was a memorable experience, to say the least.

wooden escalator

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I loved that escalator! It looked so dangerous and it was so narrow. Would gladly eat any children not paying attention. Sort of get nostalgic for the lurking dangers of pre ADA days

That escalator

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Made me afraid of escalators. I eventually got over the fear, and I saw this and tried to explain the escalator to my wife. I was the oldest in the world when it was retired. The metal things at the top- it was like it was built to hurt you.

Food court

The spots for weary shoppers to rest and reflect are now food courts and eateries. No profit in them sitting about a park!

Ah yes, "Shopper's Park"

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Ah yes, "Shopper's Park", another of those grand dreams when Downtown Crossing was first invented back in the late 70s. Just like the flower pots full of fresh flowers that hung from streetlights and that glass awning type thing that ran partway down the side of Washington Street where Barnes & Noble was. In the end, before the Filene's building was demolished, "Shopper's Park' was two or three pathetic little filthy metal tables used mostly by the homeless. Downtown Crossing was far better when it was juts plain old Washington Street, before someone had the idea it could be an urban version of a suburban mall byshutting off traffic. It obviously didn't work.


Shopper's Park is only temporarily gone

Shopper's Park was created by realigning Franklin Street to meet up with Bromfield Street. I think this happened as a side benefit of constructing the Woolworth's building (now TJ Maxx / Marshall's / H&M).

The park temporarily disappeared as a result of demolishing the Filene's annex along Franklin Street, but it will return once the Filene's Tower is finished.


shoppers park

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I will believe that when I see it. The developers often (conveniently) do not keep their promises once they have left town with pockets full of cash, including healthy "tax incentives" from OUR pockets