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Forum: Development Projects 07-16-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 1,306
Views: 281,607
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: South Boston Infill and Small Projects

In the photo above, the Y column seems to terminate at the lowest balcony. It does not come down to ground level, or a footer of any sort. How does that work as an end support for the balconies...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-15-2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 1,014
Views: 170,205
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

As with the easement question for Track 61, the answer is it depends. In particular it depends on what rights the YIMBY signed away in their lease agreement, as it depends on what rights the...
Forum: Development Projects 07-14-2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 858
Views: 246,328
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Ink Block (Boston Herald) | 300 Harrison Avenue | South End

Luxury condos versus lower-end hotel, not really very surprising.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-14-2018, 08:09 AM
Replies: 565
Views: 75,541
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Logan Airport Capital Projects

I suspect some of the reasoning is sight lines for ground control. Extra height would make seeing traffic in the alleys very challenging.
Forum: Development Projects 07-10-2018, 06:04 AM
Replies: 320
Views: 48,109
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Official City Hall Plaza Proposals

You might want to check out Vanshnookenraggen's map of the lines.

http://www.vanshnookenraggen.com/_index/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Boston_MBTA_TrackMap_24.pdf

Zoom in to see the details.
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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-09-2018, 05:27 AM
Replies: 1,014
Views: 170,205
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

I suspect if the No Name price is high enough, the two testing options you cover will "suddenly" become sufficient.
Forum: Development Projects 07-06-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 534
Views: 102,226
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: East Boston Developments

Doesn't city zoning mandate a public harborwalk installation along any waterfront property being developed?

Answered my own question, yes it is mandated:...
Forum: Development Projects 07-06-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 469
Views: 103,123
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Parcel 9 - The Greenway

It abuts the historic Blackstone Block, so the height was capped to keep it from overwhelming the historical context.
Forum: Development Projects 07-04-2018, 07:01 AM
Replies: 1,124
Views: 165,392
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: What's Happening With Project X?

321 Harrison has a big leasing sign up on the side of 1000 Washington Street. But no visible sign of construction activity in the garage.

112 Shawmut is back with the BPDA for a second round of...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-02-2018, 11:58 AM
Replies: 1,014
Views: 170,205
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

Well, perhaps not technically illegal, but the timing certainly says opportunist.

We "want to build" (show me the plans) right when the T wants to exercise their rights under the easement and use...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-02-2018, 11:43 AM
Replies: 1,014
Views: 170,205
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

Exactly, "No Name" land owner smells an extorsion opportunity.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-27-2018, 08:18 AM
Replies: 1,205
Views: 180,462
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: North-South Rail Link

I guess I don't see this option as having nearly the benefit of the direct NSRL under the O'Neill Tunnel.

You still end up taking scare surface berths at both North and South Station. And the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-26-2018, 04:15 AM
Replies: 565
Views: 88,010
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

Sophisticated BRT systems actually use dual sequential platform level boarding, debarking.

Bus pulls into first platform for debarking.

Then the bus pulls forward to second platform for...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-11-2018, 04:03 PM
Replies: 1,205
Views: 180,462
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: North-South Rail Link

All the reports are that under the Big Dig is a corridor of clean backfill ready for the NSRL. That was part of the engineering design. It was the compromise when the rail link was abandoned as...
Forum: Development Projects 06-11-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 74,025
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Portside at Pier One | 29 Marginal Street (Pier 1, Pier 5) | East Boston

And the construction quality is second to all.

There are better constructed cardboard boxes.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-06-2018, 02:31 PM
Replies: 388
Views: 75,737
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Longfellow Bridge update

Isn't there also a practical consideration for the transit reservation to align with Charles Station and the tunnel portal on the Kendall side? There could be a jog in the train tracks, but that...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-06-2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 388
Views: 75,737
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Longfellow Bridge update

I would assume that there is an engineering reason. Perhaps to keep the transit reservation in the center of the load bearing structure. So with two Boston bound lanes and one Cambridge bound lane,...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-06-2018, 09:41 AM
Replies: 320
Views: 56,866
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Proposed Boston flood barrier

The harbor barrier is a long term insurance policy.

Most people never collect long term insurance, like a homeowners insurance policy. In the broadest context insurance always fails a simple cost...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-05-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 320
Views: 56,866
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Proposed Boston flood barrier

But we are not talking about designing for current hurricane risk (the maps you shared).

We are talking about the 30, 50, 100 year scenarios that combine storm surge and sea level rise. Future...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-02-2018, 11:38 AM
Replies: 320
Views: 56,866
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Proposed Boston flood barrier

I am always surprise as to how people view the harbor island flood barrier as super challenging.

But the Dutch have been constructing major storm surge barriers since the early 1930's. The...
Forum: Development Projects 05-31-2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 4,266
Views: 832,515
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

He probably made his first prototype model using his lightsaber, hence the rounded end slots.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-31-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 388
Views: 75,737
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Longfellow Bridge update

I don't mind the the items in the MBTA reservation are black and the more historically accurate exterior rails and lamps are the brown/gold color. To me it highlights the really nice historical...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 05-31-2018, 12:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 605
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: BPDA Downtown Planning Study [Mandated By 115 Winthrop Sq. Shadow Law Exemption]

I am assuming the inclusion of the area around Park Square is because development in that area, almost by definition, creates shadows on the Common and Public Garden (since it is due south). But the...
Forum: Development Projects 05-31-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 1,124
Views: 165,392
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: What's Happening With Project X?

To be fair about this point, ignorance or at least wishful indifference to the FAA height limit seems to be endemic in Boston.

We saw multiple proposal rounds concerning Winthrop Square well over...
Forum: Development Projects 05-31-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 3,559
Views: 982,018
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Four Seasons Tower @ CSC | 1 Dalton Street | Back Bay

I completely agree. None of the heights I mentioned are politically possible. They are simply not impossible due to Logan height restrictions.
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