A little-used turning lane on Harrison Street in Chinatown is on the verge of being reclaimed as public space as the city puts the finishing touches on a new plaza in Phillips Square.
The City of Boston has been planning public space improvements for Phillips Square – located on Harrison Street between Essex and Beach Streets – since 2017.
Original plans called for the plaza to extend all the way to Beach Street, and for a parking-protected bike lane on the west side of Harrison Avenue, a "better bike corridor" identified in the GoBoston 2030 plan.
The current project only extends halfway down the block, from Essex Street to the Oxford Place alley. Jacob Wessel, Public Realm Director for Boston's Office of the Chief of Streets, says that additional improvements on the rest of the block may be added "after examining how the plaza works operationally and working with our community partners."