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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-22-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 1,331
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Posted By West
Re: North-South Rail Link

I think you’re right about DOT’s mindset. As for the Working Group, there was at least one guy who made a statement very much similar to your argument. My memory is unclear if this was Brad Bellows...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-22-2018, 11:01 AM
Replies: 1,331
Views: 213,226
Posted By West
Re: North-South Rail Link

Thanks for filling in the name, was making me nuts.

With perhaps one exception it seemed clear the folks lambasting Baker had the same opinion of Hamwey as you do, and took pains to not lash out...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-22-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 1,331
Views: 213,226
Posted By West
Re: North-South Rail Link

Ok, I may have misheard on the release point. So “leak” was over the top. But as others have said, they got the info to the globe before they got it to the FMCB or the working group. I get...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-22-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 1,331
Views: 213,226
Posted By West
Re: North-South Rail Link

I went to the meeting last night. Attendees from the NSRL working group ripped DOT pretty harshly. The Transit Matters rep was probably the most polite.

Very intense criticism on process. Brad...
Forum: Development Projects 01-23-2018, 08:52 PM
Replies: 795
Views: 150,014
Posted By West
Re: Whiskey Priest/Atlantic Beer Garden Redevelopment | 150 Seaport Blvd | Seaport

There were no rulings of any substance, only a few procedural things. So I can’t see any indication in the docket of anyone getting any traction with the judge. In the grand scheme of litigation...
Forum: Development Projects 01-23-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 795
Views: 150,014
Posted By West
Re: Whiskey Priest/Atlantic Beer Garden Redevelopment | 150 Seaport Blvd | Seaport

They already have. 501(c)3 non profit versus 501(c)6 non profit.

And grey area? Ayup.
Forum: Development Projects 01-23-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 795
Views: 150,014
Posted By West
Re: Whiskey Priest/Atlantic Beer Garden Redevelopment | 150 Seaport Blvd | Seaport

Suffolk Superior Court docket states “case settled”. That’s what they say when the sides have come to a mutually acceptable agreement. “Tossed out” (which of course is not a technical term) in my...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-04-2017, 01:47 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 20,948
Posted By West
Re: Summer St. Gondola

DN, I’m ok with the part of your comment about stimulating public discourse. They’ve done that on this board. However, my feedback to the discourse is that I see this gondola as silly at best,...
Forum: Development Projects 11-07-2017, 12:20 PM
Replies: 1,226
Views: 324,205
Posted By West
Re: Pierce Boston (née The Point )| Boylston St/Brookline Av | Fenway

To each his own.

From the renderings, I thought I was going to like it, I was pretty optimistic. Now that it's done, I'm completely "blah" when considering it without regard for context, and...
Forum: Development Projects 11-07-2017, 12:00 PM
Replies: 1,226
Views: 324,205
Posted By West
Re: Pierce Boston (née The Point )| Boylston St/Brookline Av | Fenway

Agreed, the top looks pathetic, but the rest of it ain't so great, either. If it were in the midst of a bunch of other buildings of similar or greater height, it'd be OK filler, if rather meh. But...
Forum: Development Projects 09-22-2017, 02:08 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 144,769
Posted By West
Re: Amazon HQ2 RFP

I'm not claiming to have any inside scoop, but yours seems like one reasonable interpretation.



The other reasonable interpretation is that Baker is signaling to voters across the state that...
Forum: Development Projects 09-22-2017, 11:40 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 144,769
Posted By West
Re: Amazon HQ2 RFP

I haven't seen a lot in the news about Governor Baker's role in this. Maybe others have seen more?

Here's one snippet making reference to something he said on WGBH yesterday:
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Forum: Development Projects 09-01-2017, 10:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,726
Posted By West
Re: 112 Shawmut Avenue | South End

Look at Figure 1-12 on page 26 (that's the page # as pagination of the pdf is counted). It's got some massing illustrations that show only about 20% of the footprint of the old building being torn...
Forum: Development Projects 08-31-2017, 05:22 PM
Replies: 294
Views: 74,825
Posted By West
Re: Landmark Center Expansion | Fenway

I'm disappointed that in this iteration, they're apparently doing nothing with that little parking lot by the T stop, in front of Bed Bath and Beyond. The prior iteration replaced it with a...
Forum: General 08-24-2017, 04:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 820
Posted By West
Re: Tax Breaks for Development

Responding in slightly different order than how you phrased it.



“We”? These are Iowa tax dollars being spent, not US tax dollars. I’m not an Iowa taxpayer and I doubt you are, either, and...
Forum: General 08-18-2017, 11:51 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,545
Posted By West
Re: Street Name Etymology

If we're going to re-name the street with something rebranded to reflect the Red Sox, and also be historically accurate, it could be named Sold At Low Price Street. That's pretty cumbersome, I know,...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-07-2017, 10:14 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 17,750
Posted By West
Re: Comm Ave Bridge Replacement.

Fair guess. I'd have done that, in their place.

But three weeks shaved off the Pike closure time, as a percentage of the original number of weeks predicted to be closed, suggests to me that...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-07-2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 17,750
Posted By West
Re: Comm Ave Bridge Replacement.

MassPike has been reopened to four lanes in each direction, this happened three weeks ahead of schedule:
...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 08-02-2017, 09:48 AM
Replies: 2,470
Views: 336,879
Posted By West
Re: Boston 2024

eh, maybe, maybe not. I've got in-laws in Germany, including Hamburg, and they're pretty vigorous in saying that the Hamburg bid was going down at the voting booth with or without the Boston...
Forum: Development Projects 08-01-2017, 12:56 PM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 348,370
Posted By West
Re: Wynn Everett Casino | Everett

Converting commuter rail to higher frequency service would be accomplished by electrifying it (or large portions of it at least), and that'd be a pre-requisite to NSRL anyways, as that tunnel would...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 08-01-2017, 12:41 PM
Replies: 2,470
Views: 336,879
Posted By West
Re: Boston 2024

What has changed is that the IOC is once again scared shitless at the trend line of who's been bidding for what. And once again, LA hit the timing just right, as did Paris (sort of).

It wasn't...
Forum: General 07-20-2017, 09:26 PM
Replies: 4,606
Views: 556,618
Posted By West
Re: Open Thread

This is the funniest fucking thing I've read in weeks, and being that these tweets are in competition with the President's tweets, that's saying something.

Further fuel for hilarity here, as...
Forum: Development Projects 07-11-2017, 08:44 AM
Replies: 4,406
Views: 911,234
Posted By West
Re: 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

It's always hard to know how much of a beat writer's slant is her own, and how much of it is what she's being shoe-horned into by her editors, so it's tough to assign blame. I lived in NYC for three...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-06-2017, 04:15 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 16,680
Posted By West
Re: Emergency Closure of Bridge to (Boston's) Long island

This is a fair point, but it's not the case that all of those entities share equal responsibility for every island. The BHIP website has a breakdown of which entity has what:
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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-06-2017, 11:09 AM
Replies: 1,331
Views: 213,226
Posted By West
Re: North-South Rail Link

That's good to hear.
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