Parks plan mired by turf battle. The effort to establish a cohesive set of parks and buildings on the mile-long strip of land created by the submersion of the Central Artery — one of the most anticipated new urban spaces in any American city in a century — is faltering in the final stages because of political turf battles, colliding visions, and key details that are still not in place, according to those involved in the planning process.
Although the elevated highway will be almost completely demolished this summer, and the planning for filling the open space left in its wake has been going on for nearly two decades, critical elements remain unresolved. Chief among them is uncertainty over who will manage the land.
The struggle for control of the Rose Kennedy Greenway — as the Legislature has named the land — among the city, the Romney administration, and the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority has in turn become a drag on design. Several features of the planned parkland, from cobblestones to innovative lighting, have been put on hold because it is not clear who will maintain them. … [Boston Globe — Front Page]