The Government Center Garage has darkened a key corner of downtown Boston for a generation. The 5-acre concrete behemoth spans Congress Street where Haymarket meets the West End. It severs the Bulfinch Triangle from Government Center, and keeps the North End at arm’s distance from Beacon Hill. The garage is an embarrassing throwback to a period in Boston’s history when city planners elevated architectural objects — government buildings, parking garages, empty plazas, or highways — over people. Soon, the garage will meet a well-deserved end.
The Government Center Garage’s owners, led by the HYM Investment Group, secured permits last week to raze a large portion of the garage. HYM will be removing much of the structure, and wrapping the rest of it with new, active buildings.