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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-04-2019, 02:50 PM
Replies: 3,334
Views: 474,546
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Re: Biking in Boston

MIT's Ames Street plan [PDF]:

Includes a reconfigured intersection with Memorial Drive in...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 02-28-2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 1,597
Views: 233,829
Posted By 34f34f
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

I forget if I saw it somewhere or just looked into it on my own, but if/when OL conversion happens, merging Bellevue and Highland stops into an OL station around Belgrade Ave/W Rox Pkwy would make...
Forum: Development Projects 02-27-2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 535
Views: 129,257
Posted By 34f34f
Re: Somerville Developments

Just off Union Square (across the street from Bow Market). Exactly where we should be building this scale.

But damn, that's a lot of studios: 77 studios, 20 1-bed, 1 3-bed (yes, I typed that...
Forum: General 02-26-2019, 05:13 PM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 597,639
Posted By 34f34f
Re: Open Thread

It wouldn't be her first screen representation lately—Jane Jacobs made an appearance in Marvelous Mrs. Maisel:...
Forum: Development Projects 02-26-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 27,269
Posted By 34f34f
Re: Allston Yards (Stop and Shop) | 60 Everett St | Allston

Looks good overall—moving the grocery store south improves its walkshed, as it's that much closer to the residential neighborhood/Union Square.

I can't see why New Balance wouldn't make the...
Forum: Development Projects 02-24-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 3,868
Views: 991,561
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Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

Video from the 39th floor. Not for those afraid of heights:
Forum: Development Projects 02-24-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 52,166
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Re: Alexandra Hotel Renovation | 1769 Washington St | South End

Great project overall, but none of the “traffic” options are acceptable - they all add curbside parking next to the bus stop, and even with a red carpet bus-only lane, Boston drivers are going to...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 02-22-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,576
Posted By 34f34f
Re: Kendall Square

Most questions in this thread can be answered in the "Documents" tab of this page.

If you're wondering about pinch points, read this study from 2014 that specifically mentions all the tightest...
Forum: Development Projects 02-15-2019, 08:29 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 18,368
Posted By 34f34f
Re: Amazon HQ2 selected - and not Boston

Much of the opposition was driven by the incentives ("corporate welfare") that New York was giving to Amazon. Sure, there are (strong) concerns about gentrification etc., but without the incentives,...
Forum: Development Projects 02-14-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 426
Views: 99,327
Posted By 34f34f
Re: MIT East Campus - Kendall Square Gateway | Cambridge

Per coUrbanize (, there's a meeting regarding the continuation of the existing Ames Street 2-way protected bike lane (between Broadway...
Forum: Development Projects 02-13-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 3,868
Views: 991,561
Posted By 34f34f
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

"Exit to Canal Street Promenade" is sounding pretty good to me....
Forum: Development Projects 02-12-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 1,285
Views: 237,413
Posted By 34f34f
Re: Site in Hub top choice for a soccer stadium

"Should we build these where the asphalt is now? Or maybe even one level on top of the asphalt?"

"No, let's fucking demolish a forest instead."
Forum: Development Projects 02-12-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 404
Views: 91,335
Posted By 34f34f
Re: SBWTC /South Boston Waterfront Transportation Center | Seaport

Gotta push back on this – driving and parking is a reality because we build 1600 parking spots instead of improving transit. This was an active choice that shows the priorities of the state. Every...
Forum: Development Projects 02-06-2019, 08:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,437
Posted By 34f34f
Re: MIT Campus infill and small projects

from today – cladding mostly up on the track side (not on the Albany Street side):
Forum: Development Projects 02-06-2019, 08:20 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 15,403
Posted By 34f34f
Re: MIT New 450-bed Residence Hall | 121 Vassar St. | Cambridge

Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-04-2019, 08:25 PM
Replies: 371
Views: 37,543
Posted By 34f34f
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

Arlington, I (and surely countless others) really appreciate your research and well-formed arguments. This is clearly a critical discussion to have—thank you for elevating the conversation with data,...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 01-31-2019, 01:07 PM
Replies: 371
Views: 37,543
Posted By 34f34f
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

Those are costs of having a car, or of using a car. Those are not costs for using public resources (the roads) or making society deal with your transportation choices (pollution, congestion). Right...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 01-31-2019, 12:29 PM
Replies: 371
Views: 37,543
Posted By 34f34f
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

No, you pay $5 to enter a congested area – where the presence your vehicle has an outsized impact on others. If that causes you to not drive downtown—hey, you're at Alewife, maybe take the T, or...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 01-30-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 651
Views: 122,211
Posted By 34f34f
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

Right – the 68 is basically every 40 minutes from 6:30am to 7pm, and not on weekends. Of course no one with other options is going to plan for that – they'll walk, bike, or call an Uber instead (and...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 01-29-2019, 01:57 PM
Replies: 5,904
Views: 835,790
Posted By 34f34f
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Maybe one day we can have true express/rapid versions of frequent routes, as are common in Muni-land (here's the crucial 38R (
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 01-29-2019, 01:53 PM
Replies: 651
Views: 122,211
Posted By 34f34f
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

There are no buses that run on Main Street in Cambridge (west of Vassar Street), and it could certainly use some. Plus, geometrically simplifying the route has a lot of positives.

I completely...
Forum: Development Projects 01-29-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 247
Views: 60,417
Posted By 34f34f
Re: MXD | 145 Broadway/250 Binney | Kendall Square

Fantastic – needed ASAP at that human-unfriendly intersection.

As a reminder, all of Galileo is planned for cycle tracks (completing the existing ones on Vassar to the south and Binney to the...
Forum: General 01-24-2019, 03:52 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 42,535
Posted By 34f34f
Re: Educate everyone on a good website...

Boston is finally getting a streetsblog! (h/t uhub)

They're hiring a journalist/blogger for Massachusetts transportation/urbanism...
Forum: Boston Architecture/Urbanism Related Events 01-23-2019, 08:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,928
Posted By 34f34f
Re: Fred Salvucci @ Harvard Gardens (Bar)

Was there, greatly enjoyed it (as did my friend I roped into coming along). I could *mostly* hear everything but was happy how packed it was. Thanks for organizing, TM!
Forum: Development Projects 01-21-2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 27,284
Posted By 34f34f
Re: Parcel JK | Cambridge Crossing | Cambridge

I mentioned this on the last page (, but if there is any change at all to the residential component, the affordable housing...
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