NEWMAN I just looked at this recently. In 25 years, the Central Park Conservancy has spent $113 million on over 90 projects. I also think, the nature of this being a Vision, it's inspirational, aspirational. There's not enough detail to really cost out specific things. So if you talk about a new café, it could be a wide range. It depends on what you want to do. Until you get more specific on each piece, you couldn't really tell. And the other idea John alluded to is to build off things. We know certain projects have to occur. The Storrow Drive tunnel needs to be fixed, there's an opportunity to do something then at that time. Longfellow Bridge, Bowker Overpass, are opportunities to do that. To me part of the value of this [the Vision] is that when some of these projects come up, there's already been some thinking about these things and that feeds into the whole decision about what gets done. Also, each project would have to go through a public process. These are meant to be ideas and visions of what could be.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS ACTUALLY GOING TO HAPPEN THURSDAY NIGHT WHEN YOU PRESENT THE VISION FOR ESPLANADE 2020?
NEWMAN I'm hoping for lively conversation.
PEDERSON If we could just get a handful of people thinking about what the park could be, then I think we've done our jobs.
"Esplanade 2020 Unveiled" will be held at the Rabb Auditorium in Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, on February 9 from 6 to 8 pm. Visit esplanadeassociation.org for more information. Jon Garelick can be reached at email@example.com.
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