The Real Boston
Commonwealth Avenue is the centerpiece of private Back Bay as Copley Square is the centerpiece of public Back Bay. A striking fusion of London and Paris design models, both centerpieces relate to 'global' rather than 'local' Boston.
Bypassing the always popular emphasis on neighborhood or “local Boston”—whether in city or suburb, and bypassing also the archaic local political boundaries that balkanize the modern Boston metropolis — economically and culturally one community — BBH focuses on what James Jackson Storrow in 1910 called "the real Boston". Shand-Tucci calls this " Emersonian" or "global" Boston, the dialogue between which and the rest of the world has always been a chief focus of his work.