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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure Today, 11:43 AM
Replies: 1,267
Views: 200,496
Posted By fattony
Re: North-South Rail Link

I'm not skilled in the art, so I'm trying to learn here. I think I understand the limitations of accessing the terminal through an interlocking and I would have figured that changing from a terminal...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 11-09-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 1,267
Views: 200,496
Posted By fattony
Re: North-South Rail Link

"Rail Unification" or "Rail Union" or something along those lines.

To me, the word union evokes the image of something fragmented that could be greater than the sum of its parts, which is exactly...
Forum: Development Projects 11-09-2018, 09:24 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,132
Posted By fattony
Re: Amazon HQ2 selected - and not Boston

Please excuse me, I need to return some video tapes.
Forum: Development Projects 11-07-2018, 10:52 PM
Replies: 3,409
Views: 804,961
Posted By fattony
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

It looks like tunnels I’ve seen all over the New York or London systems. They will put up some ads and a zillion people a day will traverse the whole thing in 30 seconds or so without really looking...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 11-07-2018, 10:32 AM
Replies: 2,885
Views: 478,183
Posted By fattony
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

How would access work to the south from a Conway Park station? Stairs (and elevator?) up to Park St overpass height?
Forum: Development Projects 11-06-2018, 04:39 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,132
Posted By fattony
Re: Amazon HQ2 selected - and not Boston

As a tech worker, I also was hoping Amazon would drive up our salaries. I do think there is some upside to this split scenario though. The Bay Area is clearly so saturated that it is turning...
Forum: Development Projects 11-06-2018, 04:21 PM
Replies: 3,409
Views: 804,961
Posted By fattony
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

I think you focused on the wrong part. It isn't really the disposable income on any one patron, its the total dollar volume across all patrons.

Take the perspective of the grocery store. If you...
Forum: Development Projects 11-06-2018, 01:23 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 21,330
Posted By fattony
Re: One Post Office Square Makeover and Expansion

It looks to my eye like they reduced the top double-height floor to single height and did away with the little pointy fingers sticking up in the air. It is the same number of floors.

I also liked...
Forum: Development Projects 11-06-2018, 01:13 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 21,330
Posted By fattony
Re: One Post Office Square Makeover and Expansion

What are you seeing that I'm not seeing? Because it looks the same height to me, minus the "lantern" thingy.
Forum: Development Projects 11-05-2018, 03:57 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,132
Posted By fattony
Re: Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

"HQ2" was always a pretty weird concept. How do you have 2 headquarters? Cutting it half again solidifies that Seattle will remain HQ and there will be 2 new (major) satellite campuses.
Forum: Development Projects 11-05-2018, 03:10 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,132
Posted By fattony
Re: Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

We'll have to agree to disagree about Amazon's reasoning.

We can agree, however, that concerns about housing and transportation cut both ways and I do worry that we can/will stretch ourselves too...
Forum: Development Projects 11-05-2018, 02:15 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,132
Posted By fattony
Re: Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

What sense does that make? Then why wasn't Amazon HQ1 in DC from day 1 or at least relocated there when Amazon became one of the biggest and most powerful companies in the world? Why isn't everything...
Forum: Development Projects 11-03-2018, 03:04 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,132
Posted By fattony
Re: Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

Well, Amazon isn't going to be building any skyscapers in Crystal City either, so pretty much every word you've typed about towers is completely wrong.

The biggest strike against Boston is the...
Forum: Development Projects 11-03-2018, 02:34 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,132
Posted By fattony
Re: Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

I think Crystal City is a good pick for Amazon. Way out by Dulles never made sense to me.

The defense industry better get ready for a shake-up in salaries. Its going to steadily get more...
Forum: Development Projects 11-01-2018, 05:40 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 49,338
Posted By fattony
Re: MXD | 145 Broadway/250 Binney | Kendall Square

I don't follow you. I think this building couldn't be more different from quintessential Kendall Square. It's tall. It's glass. It has about 8 balconies. It has a strong retail program. It has...
Forum: Development Projects 10-31-2018, 04:32 PM
Replies: 1,625
Views: 346,119
Posted By fattony
Re: Allston-Brighton Developments

The document says that the parking allocation is:

- WF retains 151 parking spaces (same as now)

- Residential units get the 172 net new spaces (0.64 per unit)

The spaces per unit seems...
Forum: Development Projects 10-31-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 1,625
Views: 346,119
Posted By fattony
Re: Allston-Brighton Developments

I don't think it is enough to say "this site is 500 feet from a GL stop." I probably don't know this area as well as you, but I've been there a number of times. A lot of people in Brighton and...
Forum: Development Projects 10-31-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 1,683
Views: 399,456
Posted By fattony
Re: South Station Tower

I liked the offset spire from several iterations back. It was a little inelegant, but it did echo the clock/eagle on South Station far below. Even with the shorter height now (I think that older...
Forum: Development Projects 10-31-2018, 10:01 AM
Replies: 439
Views: 105,058
Posted By fattony
Re: NEMA Boston | 399 Congress St. | Seaport

I'm not sure I follow your logic there, but its not really important to continue my rant (which was never about folks with your experience). While I don't think you and I have much overlap in our...
Forum: Development Projects 10-30-2018, 03:49 PM
Replies: 439
Views: 105,058
Posted By fattony
Re: NEMA Boston | 399 Congress St. | Seaport

Indeed. Everyone gets an opinion.

When you think about it though, claiming a building "has been VE'd to death" or "beaten with the VE stick" or any such thing isn't really an opinion, is it? It...
Forum: Development Projects 10-30-2018, 03:45 PM
Replies: 439
Views: 105,058
Posted By fattony
Re: NEMA Boston | 399 Congress St. | Seaport

That's not what I said at all. When people throw around the term VE, they are pretending they know how and why decisions were made when they don't.

If you think a Transformers movie is crap, it...
Forum: Development Projects 10-30-2018, 02:51 PM
Replies: 439
Views: 105,058
Posted By fattony
Re: NEMA Boston | 399 Congress St. | Seaport

Fair, I shouldn't call people morons. I suppose in chastising me, you shouldn't either.

And I'm not sure how you extrapolated all the rest of that about econ classes and free markets. I'm an...
Forum: Development Projects 10-30-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 439
Views: 105,058
Posted By fattony
Re: NEMA Boston | 399 Congress St. | Seaport

Then why use VE with a negative connotation? Why do people spout off about it as if it were something that A) could somehow be avoided (not a chance) or B) is something vindictive that developers and...
Forum: Development Projects 10-30-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 439
Views: 105,058
Posted By fattony
Re: NEMA Boston | 399 Congress St. | Seaport

Remember for a moment what VE means - value engineering. In essence, it is considering cost of labor and materials during design and it is an essential element of ALL ENGINEERING. Every building,...
Forum: Development Projects 10-26-2018, 11:25 AM
Replies: 327
Views: 90,519
Posted By fattony
Re: Bulfinch Crossing Residential Tower (GCG Phase I) | 50 Sudbury St | Gov't Center

For the skyline enthusiasts - Despite the modest size, this (and the office tower next) should be the most exciting thing going on. This plugs an awkward hole in the skyline and will really make the...
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