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Forum: Design a Better Boston Today, 11:44 AM
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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 Today, 10:56 AM
Replies: 3,732
Views: 653,347
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 Today, 10:53 AM
Replies: 1,782
Views: 264,038
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: 694
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: 694
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: 125,508
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: 12,396
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: 12,396
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: 179,013
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: 1,115,802
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: 1,115,802
Posted By Charlie_mta
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 07-29-2019, 10:46 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 32,135
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: 17,210
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: 17,210
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: 17,210
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: 3,732
Views: 653,347
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: 1,217,702
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: 17,210
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: 181
Views: 32,135
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: 298,862
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: 181
Views: 32,135
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: 168,974
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: 168,974
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: 145,032
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...
Forum: Development Projects 07-18-2019, 10:48 PM
Replies: 4,164
Views: 1,115,802
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

In an odd way, the O'Neill almost looks tolerable next to the new tower:
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