This week brought the news that the Abbey Group, the developer that bought the Boston Flower Exchange off Albany Street in South End, plans to turn the 5.6-acre expanse into some sort of Kendall Square competitor, a ginormous techie campus for up to 10,000 workers.
It's very early days—the Abbey Group has yet to file a formal proposal and wants to talk to the neighbors first—but it looks like there are already two big questions re: the plans.
No. 1, why not housing? Admittedly, there is a ton of housing going up in that corner of the South End. But Boston continues to face a chronic shortage of quality digs for a steadily growing population, even with the new construction. The developer is considering "some housing," according to Tim Logan at the Globe. It's a start, we suppose...
Now, Question No. 2: How will thousands upon thousands of workers get to these offices? It won't be by T. And congestion is bad enough along that stretch of I-93. Of course, the new residents that new housing would spawn would add to the crunch, too, but not as much as the far greater number of workers imagined.