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archBOSTON.org - Design a Better Boston http://www.archboston.org/community en Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:51:28 GMT vBulletin 5 http://www.archboston.org/community/images/misc/rss.jpg archBOSTON.org - Design a Better Boston http://www.archboston.org/community The next BIG skyscraper to BLOCK http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5642&goto=newpost Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:56:01 GMT We don't want SHADOWS over out PARKS. Which tower should we look to block next. Gotta protect the parks and not turn Boston into Manhattan.

All of the height fetishists should move to MANHATTAN ]]>
Design a Better Boston tysmith95 http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5642
<![CDATA[The next BIG skyscraper proposal that rises above 600'.....]]> http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5640&goto=newpost Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:31:08 GMT Where will it be?

In the Globe nearly 3 years ago, i posted that we're getting down to the 'really grisly' sites for any serious consideration for tall buildings.

In play at the time were Winthrop Square, Copley Tower, Back Bay Station and Harbor Garage sites. There were a couple of sites with proposals around 400' including Parcel 15 and the stale proposal at 1 Bromfield St.

Much to the surprise of many observers, both Parcel 15 and 1 Bromfield Street were proposed at 627' and 709' respectively.

But, since those proposals came down nearly 2 years ago, and despite being one of the most robust office, lab, condominium and luxury apartment markets in the United States, the development world has gone totally silent on proposals for serious height–just as (guess who) predicted.

i'm leaving out the Harbor Garage, because the height has already been handed down. There would already be a formal proposal if the sq ft limit were higher. *The only thing preventing the project from racing ahead are the severe restrictions that accompany the City/developer's desire to build on the site.

Where do the very narrow options for building tall in Boston leave developers?

Discuss. ]]>
Design a Better Boston odurandina http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5640
Boston - Most Embarrassing Blight That Tourists See http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5637&goto=newpost Fri, 13 Apr 2018 22:24:26 GMT Since the topic came up on the Parcel 9 / Greenway thread, thought we might explore this: What are the most embarrassing blighted parcels that... Since the topic came up on the Parcel 9 / Greenway thread, thought we might explore this:

What are the most embarrassing blighted parcels that tourists see?

Criteria as follows:
1) Must be in a somewhat central location that tourists actually walk past (e.g. not an industrial ruin 6 miles from the city center)
2) Must be why-hasn't-this-been-solved-by-now sort of situation (e.g., the site actually has potential)


INAUGURAL LIST:

1) Parcel 9 - Greenway (nominated by Smartiro and 617)

2) Northern Ave Bridge

3) Burnt-out pier at James Hook Lobster site

What else belongs on here, folks? ]]>
Design a Better Boston bigpicture7 http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5637
Long Island Bridge http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5635&goto=newpost Wed, 11 Apr 2018 20:37:43 GMT Sorry Mods if there is a duplicate and I only put it here and not the local politics thread because it a) shows that Marty doesn't get it on Long Island and b) it shows how Long Island is another missed opportunity to re-imagine and rebuild the island as an entirely new neighborhood complete with sustainable affordable housing.

But Marty wants to keep the island as a drug rehab center and set aside some of that refer madness money for a $28 million dollar bridge that Quincy said that it'll block? I haven't been too hard on Marty in certain circumstances and in fact, I think that he's a breath of fresh air to a degree. He's waaaaaaaaaay out of touch here. With a tax-exempt hospital site assessed at $103 million, I'm thinking that he could do so much more with this LI.

http://quincy.wickedlocal.com/news/2...plans-continue

Quote:

Boston’s mayor kicked off 2018 by announcing his intentions to rebuild the bridge and put a drug-treatment facility on Long Island. Long Island is part of Boston, but the bridge would connect it to Moon Island, which Boston owns but is within the city of Quincy. Any vehicle traffic going to Long Island from Boston would have to go through Quincy’s Squantum neighborhood, which is heavily residential with mostly small roads. Many of the residents in that area were happy to see the previous bridge come down three years ago and don’t want a new one built.

Ward 6 Quincy city councilor William Harris, who represents and lives in the Squantum area, continues to oppose the bridge. He said he is worried about the traffic and disruption in Squantum, and said Boston should work on water transportation to the island instead of a bridge.

“The mayor of the City of Boston should make the right practical financial decision,” he said. “I urge the people of Boston to reach out to their city councilors who are going to be voting on the budget and ask them what are they paying for.”
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Design a Better Boston kingofsheeba http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5635