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Greenway becomes people’s park in Boston

It may not fulfill the dream of urban planners, that the scar that was the Central Artery become a world class park, but downtown residents, workers, and visitors are loving it all the same

There is no grand Garden Under Glass, no history museum, no arts and culture center. But — wait — there are people.

Five years after it opened, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, its attendance increasing sevenfold since 2009. The park — for years maligned as a glorified median strip between downtown and the waterfront — has become something of a people’s park, a bustling urban refuge, despite its lack of major attractions.

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