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The End Of City Hall?

Boston's City Hall Plaza, October 2008. (cliff1066/flickr)

Boston’s City Hall Plaza, October 2008. (cliff1066/flickr)

Boston’s City Hall has been called many things – an “eyesore,” an “ugly intergalactic spaceship,” the “world’s ugliest building.” Now, state representative and Boston mayoral candidate Marty Walsh is weighing in with a proposal to move the seat of city government elsewhere and sell City Hall and the surrounding plaza to a private developer.


Mike Davis, president of the Boston Society of Architects, chairman of the Boston Civic Design Commission, and a partner at Bergmeyer Associates, Inc.


WBUR, “‘It’s been a common theme in this election: where’s the expansion of Boston as far as the economy, as far as creating jobs?,’ [Walsh] said. ‘When you look at this, there’s a rare opportunity here.’ Walsh’s pitch comes as the mayoral election enters a crucial phase, with just over a week to go before voters winnow the field from 12 to two in the preliminary election.”

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  • Call_Me_Missouri

    Boston can’t afford to give away any more Tax Free real estate. In order to move out of City Hall they’ll need to re-purpose existing Taxable Land or build a new Tax Free building on potentially Tax Earning Property.

    I’m sorry but you cannot complain about not having money to pay for Police at the Tall Ships then decide to throw away real estate on Tax Free buildings. If you need money, then you need people paying property taxes and the Government doesn’t pay. If they want a new building so bad… find the least desirable piece of real estate in the city and put it there. (Stupid Federal Court Building on Waterfront property… who made that decision???)

    • J__o__h__n

      When they built the courthouse there was nothing there. It helped spur development. City Hall should be centrally located.

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