The city of Boston and the Boston Society of Architects have posted entries in a design competition for what to do with the Northern Avenue Bridge, which has been closed to even pedestrians for the past year.
Northern Avenue Bridge
The Globe reports Boston officials have decided to tear down the old Northern Avenue Bridge starting in March - although a spokeswoman for the mayor said today that "there will still be an opportunity to preserve the bridge, but it cannot stay where it is because of its current condition." Read more.
Vague talk about doing something about the rusted out old Northern Avenue Bridge one of these years has suddenly become a more focused goal of city officials now that GE is moving to the South Boston Waterfront; the Globe reports officials made fixing the bridge part of their pitch to GE and seem confident they can come up with the money to fix it up.
The city has shut the old Northern Avenue Bridge "indefinitely" following a safety inspection that showed it was no longer even safe for pedestrians and bicyclists, according to a memo sent around today to local employers by the Seaport Transportation Management Association.
Walkers and bicyclists now need to take the Moakley Bridge - which was supposed to completely replace the Northern Avenue span - or Summer Street.
David Parsons was invited to a 1940's film-noir photo shoot on the Northern Avenue Bridge.
Copyright David Parsons.