Miguel Rosales, the architect who designed Boston’s Zakim Bridge [seen above], has donated $15,000 to keep the bridge lit for 3 months. In an effort to save money, the MA Turnpike Authority has shut off the blue lights that illuminate the bridge at night – which cost about 5 Gs a month to run.
“It just brings to life the whole structure at night,” Rosales said today, adding that while he sympathized with the Turnpike Authority’s financial plight, “Turning the lights off, I donâ€™t think it really gives the right message. I think it makes it an even more depressing situation.”
My ninja, PLEASE.
In all seriousness, I appreciate the gesture – regardless of why Rosales gave the money. While I have no real love of the Zakim necessarily, it does look nicer lit with Rosales’ blue lights. This might sound ridiculous to some – being concerned with the aesthetics of a functioning bridge – but the reality of the matter is that Boston [or the state, whoever] paid a great deal for an iconic structure. If at all possible, the ‘look’ that the city bought should be preserved – if only so that the initial investment wasn’t wasted. I mean, the bridge should at least be lit for tourist season [now that Rosales has supplied the funds].
As if the donation itself isn’t news enough, the Turnpike Authority’s executive director released a statement saying they WILL NOT use the money [which they've accepted] to turn the lights on for the next three months – instead, they’ll be searching for a more sustainable solution to the lighting issue. I obviously can’t speak for Rosales – but I know that if I coughed up 15 large of my own money, I’d want it used for the purpose that inspired my donation [MA should have been looking for a 'sustainable' solution before, and on their own dime]. That, and who the f@$k trusts the MA Turnpike Authority? I’m sorry to all you ninjas who aren’t from MA and don’t know the deal – but this organization is basically just a State-run series of clusterf$@ks [and is supposedly being done-away with].
.:news via -> Boston.com