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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-13-2018, 01:55 PM
Replies: 5,257
Views: 640,057
Posted By Shepard
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

$42 / passenger to operate. What's the benchmark?
Forum: Development Projects 06-12-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 6,363
Views: 1,051,635
Posted By Shepard
Re: Rose Kennedy Greenway

These signs look a lot less out of place than the interstate highway ramp signs.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-11-2018, 10:58 AM
Replies: 1,101
Views: 169,755
Posted By Shepard
Re: North-South Rail Link

Some will fault Mr. Musk for his tunnel-vision, but dig deeper and I guarantee you’ll find it absolutely excavating.
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 06-06-2018, 09:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 838
Posted By Shepard
Re: Possible Solution Top Get Amazon to Fort Point Channel

It's a good potential plan to open up Fort Point generally, but perhaps not for Amazon... too many contingencies, I'd think.
Forum: Development Projects 06-01-2018, 03:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,545
Posted By Shepard
Re: Block L4 | Seaport Square

"Autumn Lane" is not in reference to Summer/Winter streets... it's just an anodyne throw-away name like Cedar Drive would be in a housing development in Houston (or... wait for it, Marine Park Drive....
Forum: Development Projects 06-01-2018, 01:35 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,545
Posted By Shepard
Re: Block L4 | Seaport Square

Are we really going to have to live, for eternity, with "Autumn Lane" (barf) and "East Service Road" (ouch)? Who can save us from terrible street names?
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 06-01-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 486
Posted By Shepard
Re: New Yorkers want to move to Boston

Though it really says more about Redfin's user base than anything else, I'd say that, from my anecdotal experience, it's directionally right.

I wonder if it's also based on including the broader...
Forum: Development Projects 05-31-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 3,450
Views: 948,528
Posted By Shepard
Re: Four Seasons Tower @ CSC | 1 Dalton Street | Back Bay

Interestingly, that's the one other shape aside from a circle that will roll fluidly (place a board on top of it with a cup of coffee, roll it, and you won't spill any coffee). Defined as the...
Forum: Development Projects 05-29-2018, 01:21 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 80,609
Posted By Shepard
Re: Brookline Developments

But where have the owners been since rental vacancy in Brookline has started hovering around 0% ... was that 15 or maybe 20 years ago? Longer? Surely they're getting inundated with calls from hungry...
Forum: Development Projects 05-29-2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 80,609
Posted By Shepard
Re: Brookline Developments

Sorry for the tangent, but I think it's relevant to Harvard Street... can someone explain to me the origin and economics of the concept of 1-story "taxpayers" ? I get that for owners it's...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-26-2018, 07:37 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 56,124
Posted By Shepard
Re: Northern Avenue Bridge Fort Point Channel

Contrary to my usual slant, I don't lament cars on this bridge - as long as it's just two lanes (or fewer). More connectivity for any and all modes to the Seaport is a net good.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-25-2018, 09:36 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 56,124
Posted By Shepard
Re: Northern Avenue Bridge Fort Point Channel

Calling it now: This bridge will be to the Ponte Vecchio what the Greenway is to La Rambla (or was it the High Line... either way...)
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-24-2018, 10:38 AM
Replies: 560
Views: 71,829
Posted By Shepard
Re: Logan Airport Capital Projects

I get it. One of my ideas has been to repurpose the HOV lanes of the Fort Point I-90 tunnel as a direct continuation of eastbound rail into the Seaport, gets you right onto the Track 61 alignment......
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-24-2018, 09:34 AM
Replies: 560
Views: 71,829
Posted By Shepard
Re: Logan Airport Capital Projects

To state the obvious, geography makes this extremely difficult. Easy to do for Heathrow, Gatwick, O'Hare, etc. Hard to do on a harbor peninsula. Maybe a third Williams tunnel for transit could have...
Forum: Development Projects 05-24-2018, 09:27 AM
Replies: 3,450
Views: 948,528
Posted By Shepard
Re: Four Seasons Tower @ CSC | 1 Dalton Street | Back Bay

I was walking south down the Southwest Corridor and as I got to West Newton I was awestruck by this. Anyone with a camera and a good eye should flock to that view - it's the first time I've really...
Forum: Development Projects 05-18-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 375
Views: 72,976
Posted By Shepard
Re: Chelsea

Thanks. I still don’t understand what the optics of fake apartments are, and it would still seem like “incentivizing” a beautification of these sites would involve public money at stake either way....
Forum: Development Projects 05-18-2018, 01:35 PM
Replies: 375
Views: 72,976
Posted By Shepard
Re: Chelsea

I’m confused. We shouldn’t do nice things in poor communities for fear of making poor people feel bad?

I’m not actually trying to be snarky.
Forum: General Architecture & Urban Planning 05-16-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 27,129
Posted By Shepard
Re: NYC Architecture and Development

It was similarly really quite surreal here in Boston as well. 7PM as the storm moved out we were left with a greenish hazy glow - the world looked like a Monet painting - and then the green hazy glow...
Forum: Development Projects 05-14-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 1,527
Views: 264,324
Posted By Shepard
Re: Encore Boston Harbor Casino | Everett

Back to the important questions. Will we still be getting the $30 million Popeye statue?

https://www.boston.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/popeye-850x478.jpg
Forum: Development Projects 05-13-2018, 01:43 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 13,606
Posted By Shepard
Re: Kenmore Square North

One of the things that would help this entire area is the grounding of the Bowker and the downgrading of Storrow (or is it still SFR at this point - whatever). Actual riverfront would be a draw, for...
Forum: Development Projects 05-11-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 13,606
Posted By Shepard
Re: Kenmore Square North

Baseball is a sport of nostalgia. For every one person who goes to Fenway who's really read up on the day's game and thoroughly wants to follow it, five others go for the "experience" - which often...
Forum: Development Projects 05-11-2018, 09:27 AM
Replies: 3,995
Views: 646,462
Posted By Shepard
Re: The New Retail Thread

Sit-down Mexican restaurants of the "standard" variety - by which I mean beans, rice, cheese, tortilla, guacamole, salsa/mole and fillings, in different combos according to the dish - never, ever...
Forum: Development Projects 05-10-2018, 09:19 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 13,606
Posted By Shepard
Re: Kenmore Square North

There is literally a parking lot facing Kenmore across Deerfield Street. If Kenmore north needs a flashy new glass cube, build it there. Leave this corner alone ffs
Forum: Development Projects 05-02-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 518
Views: 130,240
Posted By Shepard
Re: 121 Seaport Boulevard | Parcel L2 | Seaport Square

^ Yeah. Why would they do that?

Also, correct me if I'm wrong but the tree roots are going to muddle up all the surrounding pavers, no?
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-24-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 1,101
Views: 169,755
Posted By Shepard
Re: North-South Rail Link

^ Very intelligent post.

So long as the Fed is doing its job of not allowing the US currency to be devalued, and so long as the dollar remains a major world reserve currency, then yes - money can...
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