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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-15-2019, 11:38 AM
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Views: 582,239
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
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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
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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: 291,457
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: 4,216
Views: 831,558
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
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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: 4,846
Views: 1,080,574
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: 4,164
Views: 1,115,956
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
...
Forum: General 08-06-2019, 09:39 AM
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Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Open Thread

^this may just be the most ironic headline I've ever read...
Forum: Development Projects 08-06-2019, 09:37 AM
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Views: 1,336
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: The Hotel Thread

Raffles in Copley Sq.
Forum: Development Projects 08-05-2019, 03:27 PM
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Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Longfellow Place (née Garden Garage Towers) | 35 Lomasney Way | West End

Not sure who's got the helm around here these days...

We've historically stated "née __former name(s)___" on numerous other threads, so I suggested it mainly out of convention; I don't dispute...
Forum: Development Projects 08-05-2019, 03:24 PM
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Views: 1,115,956
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

BLDUP reports (https://www.bldup.com/projects/td-garden) that Rapid7 has now moved in, and has posted a few photos of their interior:
...
Forum: Development Projects 08-05-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 606
Views: 143,815
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Somerville Developments

chrisbrat and bluish,
I appreciate the thoughtful and eloquent analyses you both offer. I'm inclined to just say "ok, good points, let's leave it at that"...

But there's still something tugging...
Forum: Development Projects 08-04-2019, 11:55 AM
Replies: 4,547
Views: 1,338,426
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Four Seasons Tower @ CSC | 1 Dalton Street | Back Bay

DZ,
To clarify: my comments about "redundancy" were about the recurrent height-related arguments, not about the photo sets. Count me in as one who really appreciates the photos and the associated...
Forum: Development Projects 08-02-2019, 01:45 PM
Replies: 665
Views: 179,026
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Fort Point

Yeah, but this is the fundamental debate. Physical separation impedes cyclists being able to pass each other (or necessitates wider cycle tracks than this). As an occasional cyclist, I'd take...
Forum: Development Projects 08-02-2019, 09:53 AM
Replies: 606
Views: 143,815
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Somerville Developments

I love how discussions on aB about business tenant displacement always turn into an existential debate about whether Sligo is great/historic/important or shitty/over-glamorized.

It's like Boston's...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-02-2019, 08:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,986
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Memorial Drive Greenway Phase III

statler, you managed to make me eek out a smile this morning despite this being a particularly tough week. thank you.

you did forget, however, the necessary part about first disambiguating whether...
Forum: Development Projects 08-01-2019, 07:08 AM
Replies: 4,547
Views: 1,338,426
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Four Seasons Tower @ CSC | 1 Dalton Street | Back Bay

^Yes, x1000

Forest and the trees.

As for the redundant polarized arguments from both sides: they are exhausting.
Forum: Development Projects 07-31-2019, 02:51 PM
Replies: 4,547
Views: 1,338,426
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Four Seasons Tower @ CSC | 1 Dalton Street | Back Bay

I don't think kmp was referring specifically to 1 Dalton; rather, was taking the opportunity to again poke at the height fanatics on this site, who have a particular myopia when it comes to what gets...
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