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Forum: Development Projects 01-14-2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 4,383
Views: 771,037
Posted By estyle
Re: The New Retail Thread

Also, Askenazy has not really been that innovative and hasn't done much to improve the property beyond some signs. To my mind, they've been a real disappointment as an operator. Given the number of...
Forum: Development Projects 01-14-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 4,383
Views: 771,037
Posted By estyle
Re: The New Retail Thread

Yep. Hillstone. Always get that wrong.
Forum: Development Projects 01-11-2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 14,335
Posted By estyle
Re: BU Data Sciences Center | 665 Commonwealth Avenue | BU Central

The more I've thought about it, the more I realize that my dissatisfaction with the building is the disconnect between the tower and base. There seems to be a physical idea about the tower--the...
Forum: Development Projects 01-11-2019, 03:32 PM
Replies: 4,383
Views: 771,037
Posted By estyle
Re: The New Retail Thread

It's interesting--I work near there and desperately miss Hillside as the place I would go for a fancy, pick me up lunch. Good, dependable food, great service were a given there. Cultivar was the...
Forum: Development Projects 01-11-2019, 03:22 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 14,335
Posted By estyle
Re: BU Data Sciences Center | 665 Commonwealth Avenue | BU Central

In general, the BU proposal seems pretty derivative of a bunch of much better buildings and doesn't have a solid idea define it. It's volume in search of a parti.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 01-04-2019, 02:17 PM
Replies: 1,221
Views: 215,493
Posted By estyle
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

I am so looking forward to never sitting on filthy, carpet covered seats again!
Forum: Development Projects 12-31-2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4,383
Views: 771,037
Posted By estyle
Re: The New Retail Thread

Really? I thought they relocated to the larger former Taza Chocolate spot.
Forum: Development Projects 12-12-2018, 03:16 PM
Replies: 360
Views: 106,627
Posted By estyle
Re: Bulfinch Crossing Residential Tower (GCG Phase I) | 50 Sudbury St | Gov't Center

Actually, the complex was all Landmarked by the Boston Landmarks Commission. Local landmarking is the highest level of protection for a historic building. The NPS can landmark (for example, the...
Forum: Development Projects 12-11-2018, 04:19 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 20,527
Posted By estyle
Re: Dot Block | Dot Ave, Greenmount St, Hancock St | Dorchester

Trolleys make a lot of sense as a cause. Wish we still had 'em.
Forum: Development Projects 12-10-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 20,527
Posted By estyle
Re: Dot Block | Dot Ave, Greenmount St, Hancock St | Dorchester

That looks out of date to me. I seem to recall that in the approved project there is a signalized intersection at Pleasant and Hancock. I suppose they might have gone to a rotary, but it seems...
Forum: Development Projects 12-07-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 44,767
Posted By estyle
Re: Alexandra Hotel Renovation | 1769 Washington St | South End

Yes, that's a great project. But it isn't fair to show lovely precedents that the developer has no interest or finances to recreate. If they could afford that they wouldn't need the 12 stories.
Forum: Development Projects 12-04-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 44,767
Posted By estyle
Re: Alexandra Hotel Renovation | 1769 Washington St | South End

Like anything else, it's all about money. Typically, you need 3' between a window and the lot line. But, it's possible to put in windows on the lot line, but with much more expensive fire protection...
Forum: Development Projects 11-29-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 3,325
Views: 652,101
Posted By estyle
Re: Downtown Crossing

To be honest, I'm just happy they didn't strip out any character and replace it with generic storefront. DTX is great if you look up, but at the gound level it's been renovated into bland.
Forum: Development Projects 11-20-2018, 03:32 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,538
Posted By estyle
Re: Innovation Square (iSQ) | 6 Tide St. | Seaport

Agreed. This is well into the Marine Park (across from the drydock where all kinds of crazy sandblasting and stuff happens) and seems totally appropriate for that location. The name is silly, but...
Forum: Development Projects 11-16-2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,168
Posted By estyle
Re: Massport Parcel A2 | Seaport

This was my first thought too. But, I think this is a fine addition to the Seaport. I'm not convinced about those arches yet, we need to see a lot more views but I wonder if they aren't somehow...
Forum: Development Projects 10-25-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 4,411
Views: 930,916
Posted By estyle
Re: Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

Or yet another Millennium something. (Tower, Place, Place North and so on).
Forum: Development Projects 10-16-2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,576
Posted By estyle
Re: Goddard House | 201 S. Huntington | Jamacia Plain

For me the big failure is the public realm. This is a super wide street, it would have been great to see some good sidewalks and the addition of street trees. That would have gone a huge way to...
Forum: Development Projects 10-04-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 14,335
Posted By estyle
Re: BU Data Sciences Center | 700 Commonwealth Avenue | Kenmore Square

Someone on reddit posted this building (Museum aan de Stroom):

https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/e2/94/1c/mas.jpg

I am a huge fan of Neutelings Riedijk (despite being unable to...
Forum: Development Projects 10-01-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 1,818
Views: 363,008
Posted By estyle
Re: BU Development Thread

Questrom is astonishing in it's hugeness. I can only imagine how awful the interior spaces are. It would be funny if it weren't a real thing. And Silber was probably very proud.

And I can imagine...
Forum: Development Projects 10-01-2018, 11:43 AM
Replies: 1,818
Views: 363,008
Posted By estyle
Re: BU Development Thread

Interesting. But I would suggest that the ICA was built with almost no built context. It was floating in a sea of parking lots and Anthony's Pier 4. And the design responds to the context that was...
Forum: Development Projects 10-01-2018, 11:27 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 38,029
Posted By estyle
Re: Columbus Ave Student Housing | 10 Burke St | Northeastern University

Did you see the rates? The lowest is $1400 for a shared bedroom. I suppose a roommate is pretty typical in college but gosh that's a lot.
Forum: Development Projects 10-01-2018, 11:19 AM
Replies: 1,818
Views: 363,008
Posted By estyle
Re: BU Development Thread

I love the idea of great architecture, bold design in Boston. This, however, is bizarrely generic. If it weren't for the red fins it could be anywhere there is nothing that relates to Boston, to BU,...
Forum: Development Projects 09-28-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 65,541
Posted By estyle
Re: Wentworth Expansion

Thanks for these photos BeeLine. I'm really liking those perforated fins on the Parker Street elevation. There is a lightness to them that is really appealing.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 09-20-2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 844
Views: 144,339
Posted By estyle
Re: General Infrastructure

Must be a city hall thing because on the other side there is a weird semi signaled cross walk from City Hall to Faneuil Hall across Congress. There is a light at the stop light in the northbound...
Forum: Development Projects 09-18-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 449
Views: 112,703
Posted By estyle
Re: NEMA Boston | 399 Congress St. | Seaport

Interesting. I'll have to dig into the threads there.
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