The neighborhoods sitting in the shadow of the Tobin Bridge suffer the same kind of artificial separation that led Boston to bury the Central Artery and reconnect its downtown to its waterfront, but no one is parachuting into Chelsea with a bottomless bucket of money with which to bury the Tobin. The bulk of Chelsea’s housing lies on one side of the bridge; its best parks and development opportunities sit on the other side. If the city is going to realize its potential, it needs to penetrate the bridge, and rejoin the neighborhoods sitting on either side.
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