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Forum: Development Projects Today, 07:47 AM
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Posted By bigpicture7
Re: MIT East Campus - Kendall Square Gateway | Cambridge

Really liking the mirror glass / rust-colored accent combo on this one:

https://i.imgur.com/JTZb3Uv.png
Forum: Development Projects Today, 07:45 AM
Replies: 410
Views: 62,996
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Kenmore Square North

We are now, sadly, at the end of the end

https://i.imgur.com/UyAjpDX.png
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-21-2019, 11:43 AM
Replies: 848
Views: 147,687
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Logan Airport Capital Projects

But Data, c'mon, there's already green elsewhere at Logan...see, see...we checked that box already.
- - - - -

It is really amazing how much people talk past each other on this site, and how much...
Forum: Development Projects 08-21-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 551
Views: 154,860
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Pier 4 Condo Building (Former Anthony's site) | Seaport

^This is really just a question of one's values.

Here's an expression of values:
If there's a substantive chance that it's changing and if there's a chance that humans cause it, then we're...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 08-20-2019, 08:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 809
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Design a Better Lot

I would definitely add the Firestone and Sullivan Tire service station lots that span significant frontage on Comm Ave near BU.

I get that there are still a lot of cars that need servicing, but as...
Forum: Development Projects 08-19-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 32,249
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: 1000 Boylston Street | MassDOT Parcel 15 | Back Bay

Spot on. I've been trying to tell people that it's not because "the structural engineering of air rights is too hard"...it's because there's enormous uncertainty of how much of a coordinative and...
Forum: Development Projects 08-19-2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 32,249
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: 1000 Boylston Street | MassDOT Parcel 15 | Back Bay

^also, I think it's worth noting that there are key differences between this project and the Copley Place Tower. Here, the entire parcel has no other revenue-generating purpose or value. In Copley,...
Forum: Development Projects 08-19-2019, 08:08 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 10,762
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: MIT Campus infill and small projects

^Yes to your first statement, and *sigh* to your second.
Forum: Development Projects 08-19-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,622
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Redevelopment of Symphony Huntington Properties

My vote is to keep the beautiful masonry parts of the facade, but replace the current windows which are not period anyway and revert back to a period-appropriate window. Then build whatever...
Forum: Development Projects 08-19-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 32,249
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: 1000 Boylston Street | MassDOT Parcel 15 | Back Bay

Agree, but I think it matters if any part of a project extends over a highway, even if not the most structurally challenging, because of all of the...
Forum: Development Projects 08-18-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 10,762
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: MIT Campus infill and small projects

Not sure, but folks may want to track this in it's own thread, depending on the architectural scope of the addition, and/or because I know people consider this an architecturally significant...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-15-2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 6,410
Views: 934,039
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Ant, sure, transparency = good; information = good.

But leaving it at that is setting way too low of a bar for the T. The problem with "malicious compliance" is that it is tied to a "see, we...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-15-2019, 07:44 AM
Replies: 6,410
Views: 934,039
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

No, I am in neither of those camps.

I am in the "rooting strongly for the T; really wanting the T to succeed; NOT defeatist about it...BUT, have not seen enough evidence yet that they've got the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-14-2019, 03:48 PM
Replies: 6,410
Views: 934,039
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

^Yes, this is true as I recall it. That said, I don't think this simple statement actually captures the real situation.

Anyone feel free to correct me, but here's my play-by-play analysis of what...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-13-2019, 12:54 PM
Replies: 3,054
Views: 587,020
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

^ lots of nuance, thanks.

Well, I'm optimistic...but 2021 seems awful sporty, at this point, for finishing the not-yet-started restoration of the old concrete portion of the viaduct.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-13-2019, 12:43 PM
Replies: 3,054
Views: 587,020
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

Thanks; appreciate the distinction you outline between GLX & GLT components.

Nothing would steal the thunder of a GLX grand opening like a long-term bustitution gap between two disconnected...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-13-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 3,054
Views: 587,020
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

Thanks, and you sensed exactly why I was wondering about it!
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-13-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 3,054
Views: 587,020
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

Sorry if this is a stupid question or has already been recently addressed (it's just impossible to keep up with everything)...

Does anyone know if repair/restoration to the old parts of the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-12-2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 6,410
Views: 934,039
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

^ Yeah seriously. The they're-not-screwing-us gold standard is this:

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/publicroads/12mayjune/03.cfm

Now that was what round-the-clock looks like, and to be...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-12-2019, 12:26 PM
Replies: 6,410
Views: 934,039
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

e.g., the whole operation is a cluster___ and needs to be taken substantially more seriously from both an infrastructure maintenance and enforcement standpoint.
Forum: Development Projects 08-12-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 1,449
Views: 293,072
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: What's Happening With Project X?

Foremost: that it destroyed the historic bromfield street-level facade/experience...with, to be frank, an insultingly sterile streetwall that showed no effort to honor the context.

Secondarily: it...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-09-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 4,217
Views: 833,965
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Logan Flight Additions

One can also now do SYD-BOS with one stop in Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines (on some days), all booked on one ticket. It's a lovely midpoint layover, though probably incompatible with some folks'...
Forum: Development Projects 08-09-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 667
Views: 189,749
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Bulfinch Crossing Residential Tower (GCG Phase I) | 50 Sudbury St | Gov't Center

Not any more than when developers of one building put airbrushed/better-than-reality versions of others' buildings in the background of their renders to make the whole scene look good :)
Forum: Development Projects 08-08-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 4,860
Views: 1,087,471
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

^I really wish we could have a "key facts & info" sticky post/banner atop each page of each development thread. We've discussed that this project is doing up/down construction like a dozen times in...
Forum: Development Projects 08-07-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 4,182
Views: 1,120,917
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

CitizenM hotel opens August 12th, according to TD Garden twitter:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EBT98X2XkAEEjb3.jpg
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