Boston Receives $5 Million To “Green” City Hall Plaza

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Boston City Hall Plaza, file image (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Boston City Hall Plaza, file image (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – It may be hard to imagine right now, but picture a tree-lined Boston City Hall Plaza.

It could happen, if a local design team gets the green light.

The Environmental Protection Agency has selected Boston and four other cities to participate in what’s called the Greening America’s Capitals program.

Mayor Tom Menino is a fan of a greener City Hall Plaza.

“This plan is one that works, and will also give us the opportunity to make it a much more attractive place,” Menino said. “You’ve got all that space out there that’s just vacant. In the wintertime it’s very cold; in the summertime it’s very warm.”

Mayor Menino speaks with WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jon MacLean

The federal government gave Boston a $5 million grant to “green” the plaza. If the city decides to approve the currently proposed design, it then needs federal approval.

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