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Forum: Development Projects 07-15-2019, 01:36 PM
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Re: Possible Boston soccer stadium | Discussion

If Encore gets better transit access such as a commuter rail stop and a pedestrian bridge to the orange line, the land adjacent to the casino could become a fairly sensible location.
Forum: Development Projects 07-15-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 23,959
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Re: Jamaica Plain Infill

The affordable housing requirements are dictated by the JP Rox plan which has been adopted by the city as the standard for zoning in the neighborhood. It's an unprecedented level of affordability and...
Forum: Development Projects 07-12-2019, 03:45 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 23,959
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Re: Jamaica Plain Infill

The major limiting factor in JP is the affordable housing requirement...the JP ROX plan has mandated affordability ratios that approach 25%-30% for a project of any real density. Financially it's...
Forum: Development Projects 06-25-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 3,382
Views: 831,365
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Re: Seaport Neighborhood - Infill and Discussion

The seaport doesn't need any gimmicks or hooks to attract people...it's already hands down where people want to be. I was there this past weekend at night and it was spilling over with people from...
Forum: Development Projects 06-10-2019, 07:43 PM
Replies: 3,353
Views: 702,642
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Re: Downtown Crossing

I think Midwood is waiting until the city figures out the zoning there...too many litigating opponents to try and go for variances.
Forum: Development Projects 05-16-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 682
Views: 166,522
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Re: The Boulevard (née The Times/Littlest Bar) | 110 Broad St | Downtown

I have no idea what you're all talking about...either way, I agree with those who think this is a real missed opportunity. And that is being kind. In my experience, Finegold Alexander are good...
Forum: Development Projects 05-10-2019, 09:14 AM
Replies: 273
Views: 40,342
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Re: Dock Square Parking Garage | 20 Clinton Street |

yeesh...typical Boston. Goes from some cool/edgy design to bland and clunky.
Forum: Development Projects 05-10-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 533
Views: 152,709
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Re: Pier 4 Condo Building (Former Anthony's site) | Seaport

Is this real wood? I hope not...stained wood exposed to exterior elements almost never ages well.
Forum: Development Projects 05-03-2019, 03:56 PM
Replies: 1,531
Views: 354,791
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Re: South Boston Infill and Small Projects

Not to get defensive...but the ground beneath the water is not mucky like these beaches across new england. It's not mucky in 90% of the cape, certainly not the vineyard or nantucket or down by...
Forum: Development Projects 05-03-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 1,531
Views: 354,791
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Re: South Boston Infill and Small Projects

Couldn't agree more...these beaches are no great resource. The sand is coarse, and the sand in the water is little more than muck. Revere Beach and Nantasket are the closest thing to nice beaches...
Forum: Development Projects 04-17-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 17,204
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Re: Innovation Square (iSQ) | 6 Tide St. | Seaport

Office parks (as conventionally known and designed) suck. Full stop. Better urban design is to respect the street wall (or at least try and create one) and have pocket parks.

The city with its...
Forum: Development Projects 04-16-2019, 03:56 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 17,204
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Re: Innovation Square (iSQ) | 6 Tide St. | Seaport

Perhaps this has been said before....but WTF with that suburban front yard in the rendering on the fence. What is this Waltham in 1988?
Forum: Development Projects 03-04-2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 18,466
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Re: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial | Boston Common | Downtown

I suppose this won't require as much upkeep as some of the others...but until the city actually devotes adequate resources to the common it will continue to look like the poor step child to the doted...
Forum: Development Projects 02-28-2019, 02:15 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 42,437
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Re: The New Office Thread

Amazon could eventually edge out Wayfair, but Wayfair has vastly superior search and filter functionality.
Forum: Development Projects 02-26-2019, 08:55 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 27,738
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Re: Dot Block | Dot Ave, Greenmount St, Hancock St | Dorchester

Wow...that's a beautiful project...I'm amazed the developer can afford such quality. I've looked at a lot of projects in Dorchester and can't make the numbers work. You're paying the same for...
Forum: Development Projects 02-25-2019, 02:41 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 27,738
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Re: Dot Block | Dot Ave, Greenmount St, Hancock St | Dorchester

The examples above aren't bad at all. I'm gut renovating a triple decker in East Boston right now. I actually think the East Boston stock is preferable to most of the Dorchester stock because of the...
Forum: Development Projects 02-25-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 27,738
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Re: Dot Block | Dot Ave, Greenmount St, Hancock St | Dorchester

People have a reflexive nostalgia and defensiveness toward the housing style...so I don't see any widespread change happening in the next several decades. Wood doesn't age well...and these were...
Forum: Development Projects 02-25-2019, 11:40 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 27,738
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Re: Dot Block | Dot Ave, Greenmount St, Hancock St | Dorchester

Looks really good...really throws into relief just how decrepit the rest of the neighborhood looks. Allowing for greater density in some select areas of Dorchester would be great. The housing stock...
Forum: Development Projects 02-11-2019, 01:57 PM
Replies: 861
Views: 236,618
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Forum: Development Projects 02-06-2019, 03:14 PM
Replies: 627
Views: 184,768
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Forum: Development Projects 02-06-2019, 03:13 PM
Replies: 768
Views: 163,411
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Re: Volpe Transportation Center Development | Kendall Sq | Cambridge

I'm amazed that a university like MIT so consistently produces such dreck. They have a good school of architecture...they are smart people...this isn't that complicated...why can't they opt for...
Forum: Development Projects 01-10-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 3,382
Views: 831,365
Posted By sidewalks
Re: Innovation Dist. / South Boston Seaport

I'm generally a fan of the Seaport now, with some reservations. That said, places like Melbourne and Rotterdam and Seattle have simply done a better job of building out new areas with modern...
Forum: Development Projects 01-10-2019, 08:45 AM
Replies: 4,663
Views: 894,827
Posted By sidewalks
Re: The New Retail Thread

Yes. It's a shame. The name of the place that Cultivar replaced escapes me at the moment, but that was terrific at the outset too. It had a great aesthetic and good food. The Boston food scene is...
Forum: Development Projects 01-07-2019, 10:24 AM
Replies: 3,382
Views: 831,365
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Re: Innovation Dist. / South Boston Seaport

While I agree the Seaport is not what it could have been, and the architecture is generally not world class, it is becoming a truly vibrant part of the city with real street life and interesting...
Forum: Development Projects 01-04-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 4,663
Views: 894,827
Posted By sidewalks
Re: The New Retail Thread

I agree, the City botched this as much as Ashkenazy. But I believe that lease happened towards the very end of the Menino regime. Menino was not what anyone would call a visionary. Nice man with...
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