Boston is a city that is always looking for ways to improve. To that end, here are a few changes that you can expect to see in the coming months.
New Lights Turned on at Boston City Hall
The City of Boston has turned on 325 recently installed LED lights on a variety of nooks and crannies throughout City Hall, its plaza and its poles. Completed as part of the final Beer Garden on the Bricks of 2016, the inaugural illumination is meant to make the area look more inviting while increasing safety and reducing the amount of energy that has been wasted for their less-energy-efficient predecessors. In addition to saving on the city’s energy costs, the new lights can also be programmed to shine different hues at different times. As such, the city has plans to do things such as shine green and white lights for St. Patrick’s Day and red, white and blue lights for the Fourth of July. The city also has plans to change the lights to red and white the next time the Sox win the World Series.
New Mural to Grace Boston’s Dewey Square
Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo, who Is best known for his surrealist art, has started work on a new mural to be known as “Spaces of Hope.” Located at Dewey Square, the new mural will replace Lawrence Weiner’s “A Translation From One Language to Another.”
With more than 100 murals to his credit in Tehran, the new Boston piece will be the artist’s fifth mural on the 70’ by 76’ Greenway wall since 2012. The actual subject matter and the final look for the “Spaces of Work” piece has been kept under wraps by the Greenway Conservancy until the formal unveiling planned for a date yet to be determined.
Numerous Boston Institutions Decide to Go Green
Several institutions in Boston have recently announced plans to go green. Among those included in the group is the Boston Medical Center, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the business that is currently managing the Post Office Square parking garage and park. Together, this group has signed an agreement to purchase most of their electricity through a new solar farm that is currently under construction in North Carolina. The 650-acre project, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year, is the largest renewable-energy project ever to be constructed in the country.
With the help of this project, Boston Medical Center expects to become the greenest hospital in Boston. The project will also put the hospital on pace to become the first carbon-neutral hospital in New England. According to the arrangements that have been made, MIT will purchase 73 percent of the power generated from the project while Boston Medical Center will purchase 26 percent for its 496-bed facility. Post Office Square Redevelopment Corp. will purchase the remaining 1 percent. The 25-year purchase will allow both Boston Medical Center and Post Office Square to receive 100 percent of its power from renewable sources while MIT will get 40 percent of its power in that way.