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Opinion

PAUL MCMORROW

Can a park jump-start a neighborhood?

The Lawn on D, a new temporary park at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, sits in what might seem like a bizarre spot to build a new outdoor space. It runs along a weird stretch of no-man’s-land on D Street in South Boston. A decade from now, the D Street corridor will be the gateway between Southie and the Seaport, but now it’s mostly an empty stretch that doesn’t know what it wants to be. Strangely enough, that makes the area a perfect spot for the park.

The Lawn on D is testing the theory that a new park can jumpstart the redevelopment of the neighborhood around it. It’s a strategy that has worked elsewhere, and Boston should repeat the experiment in a different setting: By building new parkland on platforms above the spaces where highways cut through the city.

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