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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure Today, 11:36 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 66,685
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Biking the Boston 'Burbs (Trails, MDC, & Towns beyond Hubway area)

There is something really bogus about the argument that the Fed funded interstate crossing cannot allow bicycle accommodation.

Out west, there are examples of bicycle lanes built directly onto...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure Today, 11:13 AM
Replies: 609
Views: 92,377
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Logan Airport Capital Projects

A lot, because it is really challenging to take a space constrained 1960's airport layout and try to operate it effectively with 2018 volumes and connection patterns.

All these projects are...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 11-16-2018, 01:05 PM
Replies: 1,129
Views: 194,456
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

Well, maybe not "lengthy" given the state of the old Orange Line fleet (mostly DOA). A buggy new car would perform better than the old cars.

But IIRC they do need complete train sets to deploy...
Forum: Development Projects 11-12-2018, 07:02 AM
Replies: 1,228
Views: 196,647
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: What's Happening With Project X?

Feeney Bros have been using the site as a satellite office and storage location for their earthmoving equipment being deployed in Boston (storage on the surface parking next to the park). It is a...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 11-12-2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 1,281
Views: 203,345
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: North-South Rail Link

Trains terminating at North Station (from the north) or South Station (from the south or west) would arrive at the surface platforms (upstairs).

Trains thru-running North or South Station via the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 11-11-2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 1,281
Views: 203,345
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: North-South Rail Link

I believe the plan is not for every train to pass through, just some. Many will still stop at the existing surface stations. But enough trains, clearly delineated, will pass through to give...
Forum: Development Projects 11-11-2018, 08:18 AM
Replies: 714
Views: 186,423
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Marriott Moxy Hotel | 240 Tremont Street (Parcel P-7A) | Theater District

There are definitely cutouts in the back wall. Not sure what they would be if not small windows.

http://www.archboston.org/community/picture.php?albumid=32&pictureid=608
Forum: Development Projects 11-10-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 23,470
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: The Berkeley | 370-380 Harrison Ave | South End

Likely, Harrison Avenue was Front Street when it was first filled in 1806-07. Lots of wharfs along that stretch.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 11-09-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 1,281
Views: 203,345
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: North-South Rail Link

This is a brilliant pitch.
Forum: Development Projects 11-09-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 714
Views: 186,423
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Marriott Moxy Hotel | 240 Tremont Street (Parcel P-7A) | Theater District

Yes, discussed up thread. It is a property line wall. So any glass has to be fire rated (i.e. very expensive).

My view (not shown in above pics) shows a few small window openings in the back...
Forum: Development Projects 10-30-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 439
Views: 105,841
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: NEMA Boston | 399 Congress St. | Seaport

There is another aspect to value engineering that is being missed here: the tradeoff between first cost and overall long-term payback on a property.

VEd designs often result in designs that age...
Forum: Development Projects 10-29-2018, 07:09 AM
Replies: 3,136
Views: 693,049
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Innovation Dist. / South Boston Seaport

But neither of those connections is useful to get a person to North Station to catch a north side commuter rail with an kind of reliability.

Both are two transfers, three lines to get to North...
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 10-28-2018, 09:40 AM
Replies: 272
Views: 16,675
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Millennium Tower (Filene's) -Discussion and Photo Thread

Recent fall sunset lighting Millenium Tower images:

http://www.archboston.org/community/picture.php?albumid=32&pictureid=609
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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-25-2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 3,274
Views: 426,680
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Biking in Boston

Great explanation.

The City is going to have to do some serious bike infrastructure on Columbus and Charles to keep double parked cars out of the bike lane (for all its width, Charles really only...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-25-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 3,274
Views: 426,680
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Biking in Boston

Yes, I am not sure I get the SWC to MGH extension. Don't you get that connection by making Mass Ave in Boston a decent bike corridor? SWC to Mass Ave to Charles River Bike Paths?

SWC, Back...
Forum: Development Projects 10-25-2018, 08:11 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 813,473
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

I totally agree with this sentiment. It creates a bit of neighborhood (even if a bit disjointed) in a place formerly devoid of that sense.

Also, let's talk context. Does anyone want this...
Forum: Development Projects 10-22-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 813,473
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

^ There is something very pleasing, nostalgic about those tall windows like the old Garden.
Forum: Development Projects 10-19-2018, 02:38 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,165
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Parcel I | Cambridge Crossing | East Cambridge

Well, at least in the renderings, the balconies help the feel. Overall design changes look like an upgrade.
Forum: Development Projects 10-19-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 813,473
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

Boston likes buzz cut construction. Look at the Theatre District, Chinatown towers.

Part of it is the NIMBY influence, where every new building has to prove it is no worse (aka taller) than the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-17-2018, 01:21 PM
Replies: 325
Views: 62,408
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Proposed Boston flood barrier

Not a harbor barrier, but proposal for $500 million to $1 billion in coastal resiliency efforts along the city's coastline.
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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-15-2018, 01:21 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 9,107
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: North Station, Charles River Draw, & Tower A

I would suspect that the long deep locks and the systems to cycle them would be more expensive than the drawbridges.

Are there examples where people have done that (dropped boats down under...
Forum: Development Projects 10-15-2018, 01:11 PM
Replies: 3,929
Views: 1,095,824
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Four Seasons Tower @ CSC | 1 Dalton Street | Back Bay

[QUOTE=BeeLine;332523]https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1949/44606108254_bb2ac9e914_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2aXFXVY)

I am trying to understand what we are seeing in BeeLine's upper level photos...
Forum: Development Projects 10-15-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 714
Views: 186,423
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Marriott Moxy Hotel | 240 Tremont Street (Parcel P-7A) | Theater District

Looks like we might be getting some small, fire rated windows on the back side, on the property line.

http://www.archboston.org/community/picture.php?albumid=32&pictureid=607
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-15-2018, 08:20 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 9,107
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: North Station, Charles River Draw, & Tower A

Bidding process has started to replace the two North Station drawspans with two three-track drawbridges.

Per the Globe:...
Forum: Development Projects 10-13-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,281
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Goddard House | 201 S. Huntington | Jamacia Plain

^ I am clearly not the target demographic for that name (BRYNX), because I have no idea what it is supposed to evoke as a brand.
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