1.252J/11.540J Urban Transportation Planning Assignment #3: South Boston Waterfront District Assignment Due date: 10/27/06 The South Boston Waterfront District is seen as a major opportunity for "smart growth." But different constituencies define "smart" in many different ways. • Some argue that this area should contain a mix of office, residential, hotel and cultural attractions, with very high densities. • Some argue that very high density will attract more cars. • Some say without more rail transit, high density can’t be supported. • Some say without high density, transit won’t work. • Some say the Silver Line can’t work unless it’s rail. • Some say the South Boston Transitway needs a grade separation at D Street in order to be reliable and provide adequate capacity. • Some say the grade separation isn’t necessary, and there are better places to spend transit funds. You are an analyst reporting to the General Manager of the MBTA.
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