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Where the Streets Have New Aim: B.U.'s $11.5M Redo

It's not necessarily a parklet, but Boston University will transform three heretofore public streets into pedestrian walkways lined with trees. This thanks to an $11.5 million deal with the city to privatize the streets. Per Greg Turner in The Herald: "The purchase—finalized Friday with the Boston Redevelopment Authority—includes Blandford and Hinsdale streets and most of Cummington. The streets should be privatized by Labor Day, after public-safety access is figured out."

The new walkways will be open to the public and will also allow the university to stretch out a bit development-wise along the Pike. Remember, B.U.'s Fenway/Kenmore expansion plan calls nine projects over the next 10 years. It'll need the room.

· Boston University Pays Hub $11.5M to Take Over 3 Streets [Herald]
· Bloodless Coup in Boston! Car Overthrown as City's King! [Curbed Boston]
· Boston University's Master Plan: Nine Projects, 10 Years [Curbed Boston]

[via Boston Herald]