Toast Peabody Square 9/15

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On Thursday, September 15, at 5:30 PM, join Greater Ashmont Main Street and COGdesign in Peabody Square, Dorchester to celebrate the installation of seventeen new concrete planters in Peabody Square at the inaugural Dorchester Bike & Brew Fest.

In the spring of 2016, Greater Ashmont Main Street (GAMS) asked COGdesign to help redesign two plazas in Peabody Square, Dorchester to make them more inviting, safe, fun, beautiful, and educational. The plazas were reconstructed a decade ago, but confusing paving and curb cuts on the west side plaza at the corner of Ashmont Street and Dorchester Avenue encourage driving into the pedestrian-only portion of the plaza, and the plantings in a rain garden constructed on the east side of the plaza had failed.

Initial Conditions

Peabody Square East PlazaPeabody Square East Plaza with rain garden (center)/ / L. Albrecht, N. Lattanzio, R. Riske

 

Peabody Square / L. Albrecht, N. Lattanzio, R. Riske
Peabody Square initial conditions / L. Albrecht, N. Lattanzio, R. Riske

 

Peabody Square. Red arrow shows traffic conflict with pedestrians.
West side of Peabody Square. Red arrow shows traffic conflict with pedestrians/ L. Albrecht, N. Lattanzio, R. Riske

 

 

Peabody Square West Plaza - Before /
Peabody Square West Plaza – Before, showing correct course for vehicles. /L. Albrecht, N. Lattanzio, R. Riske

 

 

The Plans
Peabody Square West - Designers Plan
Peabody Square West – designers’ plan/ L. Albrecht, N. Lattanzio, R. Riske

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L. Albrecht, N. Lattanzio, R. Riske

 

The new planters / Jenn CarteeThe new planters / Jenn CarteeIn June, the Boston Parks Department restored plantings at the east side plaza rain garden. Later that month, when GAMS Executive Director Jenn Cartee learned that seventeen large concrete planters were available from the Parks Department, COGdesign volunteer designers Nancy Lattanzio, Love Albrecht, and Ruth Riske quickly adapted their plans.

Final Peabody Square planter plan
Final Peabody Square planter plan. Note that the planters at the top of the sketch block traffic from entering plaza from Talbot Avenue. / L. Albrecht, N. Lattanzio, R. Riske
GAMS is a non-profit that brings together local businesses, residents, neighborhood organizations and community partners to strengthen the St. Mark’s Area business district and the entire community. SMAMS serves a diverse local community; 37% of residents identify as African-American, 35% White, 14% Asian, 10% Hispanic, 14% Mixed race/Other. The SMAMS district is centered on two nodes: St. Mark’s Village and Peabody Square.