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Forum: Design a Better Boston Yesterday, 02:34 PM
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Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Design a Better Lot

Great topic. I'd like to see the large shopping center at Medford St and Somerville Ave, and also the large empty lot to the east of Medford Street redeveloped to high density...
Forum: Design a Better Boston Yesterday, 11:44 AM
Replies: 1,784
Views: 264,283
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

The Chicago elevated/subway lines have several grade crossings out in the suburban areas. Couldn't the Orange Line cars be modified to fit the FTA safety requirements?
Forum: Design a Better Boston Yesterday, 10:56 AM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 653,635
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

If enough money is spent, I'm pretty sure it's doable. Hell, you can deep-bore a tunnel through the whole area and not worry about the surface issues,
Forum: Design a Better Boston Yesterday, 10:53 AM
Replies: 1,784
Views: 264,283
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

As I remember, the original plan in the 1960's to extend the Orange Line to Reading called for cars with combination pantograph/third capability, like the Blue Line cars (but bigger) so that the...
Forum: Development Projects 08-15-2019, 11:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 705
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Redevelopment of Symphony Huntington Properties

Property ownership aside, I agree with Itchy. The urban renewal/Soviet monstrosity around the corner on Mass Ave will stand, yet this masterpiece of early 20th century building will be torn down? ...
Forum: Development Projects 08-15-2019, 09:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 705
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Redevelopment of Symphony Huntington Properties

Man, I love that row of early 20th century 2-story commercial buildings along Huntington. I hope their facade is preserved and incorporated into any new development there.
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 08-14-2019, 12:23 AM
Replies: 488
Views: 125,573
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Flickr Finds

Wow, it's amazing how some photos, such as this one, take on a surrealistic quality. It looks like a scale model, a somehow smaller version of New York City, which is cool. It also has such a sense...
Forum: Development Projects 08-04-2019, 10:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 12,397
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Orient Heights BHA Redevelopment | Faywood Ave/Vallar Rd/Waldemar Ave | East Bost

I hope you're right. The public housing project I grew up in North Cambridge looked great initially in 1954, just like this one, then by 1967 was the worst shithole imaginable. Also, like this one,...
Forum: Development Projects 08-04-2019, 09:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 12,397
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Orient Heights BHA Redevelopment | Faywood Ave/Vallar Rd/Waldemar Ave | East Bost

God, I hate separating poor people into these off-site reservations that turn into goddamned slums. I thought by now as a society we'd be beyond that, but apparently not.
Forum: Development Projects 07-31-2019, 10:53 PM
Replies: 665
Views: 179,035
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Fort Point

The density, massing and stateliness of these old brick buildings reminds me a lot of St. Petersburg, Russia:...
Forum: Development Projects 07-30-2019, 10:15 PM
Replies: 4,164
Views: 1,116,026
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

Holy crap, the mother ship has landed. The massing around the North Station area is awesome, and the Zakim Bridge completes the look.
Forum: Development Projects 07-29-2019, 10:49 PM
Replies: 4,164
Views: 1,116,026
Posted By Charlie_mta
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 07-29-2019, 10:46 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 32,201
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: General Boston Discussion.

Awesome, adventurous building depicted in the renderings. Dare I say it's probably too nice for Boston?
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 07-28-2019, 11:03 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 17,240
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Photo of the Day, Boston Style: Part XII (2019)

"Suburban" in this case would be a highway corridor of wide one-way streets and ramps flanking an open space.
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 07-27-2019, 01:12 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 17,240
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Photo of the Day, Boston Style: Part XII (2019)

I probably am in the very small minority on this. Parks are fine but this particular corridor could have been a bit more variegated. I'm just a fan of some urban fabric intertwined with the...
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 07-27-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 17,240
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Photo of the Day, Boston Style: Part XII (2019)

I was serious, no irony. A few buildings here and there and a few less trees would help. We all went through this discussion when the Greenway was first being considered and planned. It was about...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 07-27-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 653,635
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

Under Washington Street is very narrow, as evidenced by the staggering of NB and SB Orange Line station platforms. I don't think a pedestrian tunnel could be built there. Along Summer Street it...
Forum: Development Projects 07-26-2019, 10:03 PM
Replies: 6,436
Views: 1,217,808
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Rose Kennedy Greenway

They stole my idea that I posted on here 2-1/2 years ago:

https://live.staticflickr.com/649/32018566532_8000d1c44a_b.jpg.

I hope their (borrowed) proposal gets built.
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 07-26-2019, 09:53 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 17,240
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Photo of the Day, Boston Style: Part XII (2019)

Nice photo, but the Greenway here reminds me of a post-apocalyptic scene in a sci-fi flick where nature it taking back a deserted city. Its a bit too lush, green and overgrown for my tastes.
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 07-25-2019, 09:00 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 32,201
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: General Boston Discussion.

It has one narrow, curving roadway tunnel under it, but that shouldn't stop a supertall.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-24-2019, 09:15 PM
Replies: 1,796
Views: 298,955
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

The low cost of setting up commuter rail & stations versus a light rail line is what's driving its preference, I would think. The Federal and State money is scarce and getting scarcer, so the low...
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 07-23-2019, 09:45 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 32,201
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: General Boston Discussion.

Plant that building on top of South Station. It would complement it so much better than the proposed glass tower.
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 07-20-2019, 02:51 PM
Replies: 643
Views: 169,025
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Aerials

Maybe so, but it gets ugly when people start the heated up characterizations. I don't care for it myself.
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 07-20-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 643
Views: 169,025
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Aerials

That's a bit over the top (no pun intended). Sounds like you're personally insulting a guy because he likes tall buildings.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-20-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 795
Views: 145,091
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

The only solution to make this on ramp comply with merge lane standards is to widen the eastbound tunneled portion for a hundred feet or so where the ramp joins it, which would be a project of Big...
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