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Esplanade 2020 (A Vision for the Future)

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This is perhaps the most ambitious and popular plan done for the cities of Boston and Cambridge in the past two decades. Charles Eliot’s Charles River Esplanade 19th century vision of this world-class public space is truly a “vision interrupted,” stymied…>>

Charlesbank River Pavilion


The vision plan for Lee Pool focuses on a highly visible but largely forgotten corner of Charles River Esplanade, a designated Boston Landmark. The goal of this plan is to further Charles Eliot, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Arthur Shurcliff’s original vision for…>>

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