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Forum: Development Projects Today, 08:57 PM
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Re: The Whitney Hotel (née John Jeffries House) | 142-170 Charles Street | Beacon Hil

speculating here but this is probably within the historic landmark district with strict design review so perhaps higher quality materials were required leading to a better than usual outcome
Forum: Development Projects 02-14-2019, 09:41 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 18,368
Posted By commuter guy
Re: Amazon HQ2 selected - and not Boston

I'd say the Amazon debacle. I'll begin by stating I'm no fan of Amazon, which in some ways may be the 21st century walmart, and all the collateral damage it's left in it's wake. For many in the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-12-2019, 12:29 PM
Replies: 908
Views: 162,456
Posted By commuter guy
Re: General Infrastructure

Boston ranked worst city for traffic as per this study:

https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2019/02/12/boston-worst-traffic/

Globe has an article as well that may or may not be behind the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-07-2019, 10:40 PM
Replies: 5,904
Views: 835,798
Posted By commuter guy
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

I think it's fair for Keolis to take some blame for the conditions on the commuter rail during the parade. I tried unsuccessfully to get into work via train from about 8 to 8:30 a.m. I live on the...
Forum: Development Projects 01-04-2019, 06:24 PM
Replies: 4,466
Views: 826,565
Posted By commuter guy
Re: The New Retail Thread

I'm sad to see Durgin go, BTW I did have lunch there in the last 6 mos. The food was okay but 99/100 times I'd rather go to Clarks around the corner for a sit down lunch. At Durgin, the bar on the...
Forum: Development Projects 12-15-2018, 09:53 PM
Replies: 697
Views: 179,466
Posted By commuter guy
Re: Quaker Lane + Congress Square | Downtown

removing the ornate grill work etc. from the base of this building was like taking all the frosting off the cake (I believe a phrase once used by Robert Campbell).
Forum: Development Projects 12-05-2018, 09:04 PM
Replies: 4,466
Views: 826,565
Posted By commuter guy
Re: The New Retail Thread

cafes may come but are a ways off:

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2018/06/11/massachusetts-cannabis-cafes
Forum: Development Projects 12-02-2018, 09:51 PM
Replies: 4,466
Views: 826,565
Posted By commuter guy
Re: The New Retail Thread

I hate to raise the alarm, but the bar situation in central Boston is in such crises that the city is now at least at the Defcon 2 level. I blame the cost of liquor licenses in Boston; the whole city...
Forum: Development Projects 11-30-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 29,248
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Forum: Development Projects 11-14-2018, 09:16 PM
Replies: 356
Views: 50,261
Posted By commuter guy
Re: Kenmore Square North

"BCDC gave it's approval"

I say BCDC needs to grow a pair...
Forum: Development Projects 08-30-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 955
Views: 162,686
Posted By commuter guy
Re: City Hall - Redevelopment - Preservation - Relocation

^ Your referring to the beer garden. Someone took pics and posted on one of the threads.
Forum: Development Projects 08-22-2018, 09:01 PM
Replies: 697
Views: 179,466
Posted By commuter guy
Re: Quaker Lane + Congress Square | Downtown

Taking away at what significantly makes the streetwall interesting, overall I'm happy to see the rehab of the buildings in this project, but the loss of the ornamentation is such a shame.
Forum: General 08-02-2018, 08:49 AM
Replies: 4,644
Views: 597,640
Posted By commuter guy
Re: Open Thread

It's a lot of driving, but may be a good fit for those with limited mobility:

Take a very scenic drive around Marblehead neck, Marblehead, then up the coast through Beverly Farms, Manchester by...
Forum: Development Projects 07-17-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 4,466
Views: 826,565
Posted By commuter guy
Re: The New Retail Thread

Over the years, I've observed that a group of people act differently depending on the atmosphere they are put into. By way of example, I'd go to happy hour with the work crew to an upscale place...
Forum: Development Projects 07-02-2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 4,466
Views: 826,565
Posted By commuter guy
Re: The New Retail Thread

Boston has taken baby steps to change the situation, but so much needs to be done to help local entrepreneurs without a large amount of capital backing. Increasing the availability of geographically...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-20-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 5,904
Views: 835,798
Posted By commuter guy
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

The problem is that they are too aggressively structuring the dynamic pricing model. I understand the rationale for raising rates at garages that are at 100% capacity.

However the problem is on...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-19-2018, 09:55 PM
Replies: 5,904
Views: 835,798
Posted By commuter guy
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

My 2 cents - in theory I like the idea of dynamic pricing but intuition tells me the mbta adjusted the thresholds so they could hide the reality that this is a fairly large cost increase for...
Forum: Development Projects 06-19-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 14,005
Posted By commuter guy
Re: North End Piazza on The Greenway | 198 Hanover Street | North End

I agree and also think it's a missed opportunity mostly because a larger building could have somewhat visually hemmed in the greenway in this neck of the woods. In this part of Boston the greenway...
Forum: Development Projects 06-14-2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 48,766
Posted By commuter guy
Re: The Lucas | 136 Shawmut Ave | South End

Van or KZ or anyone,

Sorry to go off topic for the thread, but I have a question after viewing the streetview link? Is there a reason many new mid-block high rises in Manhattan have setbacks...
Forum: Development Projects 06-13-2018, 08:31 PM
Replies: 1,100
Views: 249,774
Posted By commuter guy
Re: One Bromfield | 1 Bromfield Street | Downtown

Straight talk express - to the point and direct. I like it.
Forum: Development Projects 06-10-2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 697
Views: 179,466
Posted By commuter guy
Re: Quaker Lane + Congress Square | Downtown

I love this building too - It looks like a "real building" as opposed to the glass boxes so en vogue these days
Forum: Development Projects 06-10-2018, 08:32 PM
Replies: 1,100
Views: 249,774
Posted By commuter guy
Re: One Bromfield | 1 Bromfield Street | Downtown

29 storefronts is the operative word here. 29 storefronts in a one block stretch (or two block stretch depending on how you view bromfield). They ain't making new streets downtown, like Bromfield,...
Forum: Board Issues and Announcements 06-10-2018, 08:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,871
Posted By commuter guy
Re: Ablarc?

Thank you for taking the time to update us on Ablarc, his contributions to archBoston were exceptional and he will be missed.
Forum: Design a Better Boston 06-07-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 16,807
Posted By commuter guy
Re: Boston - Most Embarrassing Blight That Tourists See

Causeway St and the area leading into City sq Charlestown has changed in feel perhaps more than any other corner of Boston in the last 25 years. It certainly feels brighter and maybe more prosperous,...
Forum: Development Projects 05-16-2018, 02:20 PM
Replies: 4,466
Views: 826,565
Posted By commuter guy
Re: The New Retail Thread

I think it may actually be relocating to 100 High St. but not 100% sure
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