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Forum: Development Projects 08-14-2018, 11:42 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 32,920
Posted By jpdivola
Re: Julie Hall | Brookline Ave | Emanuel College | Fenway

Looks like an 80s Hilton. All thats missing is the lighted sign up top and the sea of asphalt.
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 07-03-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 12,272
Posted By jpdivola
Re: What's Happening With Project X?

I buy the argument that new construction in Boston is so expensive and limited that it won't make noticeable dent in the upward trajectory in rents. But to argue new construction will actually raise...
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 06-03-2018, 08:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,103
Posted By jpdivola
Re: New Yorkers want to move to Boston

The Census Bureau tracks this in a more comprehensive way (but with a data lag).

https://www.census.gov/data/tables/2015/demo/geographic-mobility/metro-to-metro-migration.html

Based on my...
Forum: Development Projects 05-17-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 25,666
Posted By jpdivola
Re: UMass Boston Residence Hall 1 | Columbia Point | Dorchester

It looks like it was last free from 1970 to 76. Tuition was added as part of the budget crisis of the 70s.

When Tuition at CUNY Was Free, Sort Of – CUNY Newswire...
Forum: Development Projects 05-03-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 129,505
Posted By jpdivola
Re: Amazon HQ2 RFP

Obviously Boston suburbs have a lot more charm and are more cohesive.

But, just for comparison here is what is planned for Bethesda Md....
Forum: Development Projects 05-02-2018, 07:58 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 129,505
Posted By jpdivola
Re: Amazon HQ2 RFP

Take this fwiw, but here is another sign Amazon is focused on housing as its top concern. I know I sound like a broken record, but this isn't Bostons strong point. If this is a two way race between...
Forum: Development Projects 05-01-2018, 06:03 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 129,505
Posted By jpdivola
Re: Amazon HQ2 RFP

NYTimes has a had a couple recent articles on Amazons site selection.
FWIW, it looks like Amazon is weighing the impact of HQ2 on housing prices. They have become a scapegoat for high housing...
Forum: Development Projects 03-17-2018, 12:43 AM
Replies: 2,973
Views: 703,606
Posted By jpdivola
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

From an economic theory standpoint, forcing developers to build affordable housing is dumb. You are implicitly taxing on activity you want more of: building market rate housing. It would be better...
Forum: Development Projects 03-13-2018, 11:03 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 34,471
Posted By jpdivola
Forum: Development Projects 03-12-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 21,698
Posted By jpdivola
Re: Hotel Tower | 560 Commonwealth Ave | Kenmore Square

I get height limits for the airport, I sort of understand the shadow laws, but when a city starts limiting building heights for baseball is when its time to throw in the towel.
Forum: Development Projects 03-08-2018, 08:01 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 129,505
Posted By jpdivola
Re: Amazon HQ2 RFP

My guess is Amazon already knows where this is going and is just making a play for tax breaks.

Realistically, I think only 6 cities have a realistic shot.
1) DC- an urban city with a well...
Forum: Development Projects 03-06-2018, 09:50 PM
Replies: 2,973
Views: 703,606
Posted By jpdivola
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

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Forum: Development Projects 02-11-2018, 02:07 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 69,479
Posted By jpdivola
Re: Mixed Use Complex | 345 Harrison Ave | South End

This obviously isn't an instant classic. But, its the kind of perfectly fine background building Boston needs to put up en masse to house its growing population. The real test for me will be will...
Forum: Development Projects 02-04-2018, 01:39 PM
Replies: 1,106
Views: 280,804
Posted By jpdivola
Re: Fenway Center (One Kenmore) | Turnpike PARCEL 7, Beacon Street | Fenway

Yeah, Given the low probabilty of phase 2 happening anytime soon, why not double the height in phase 1? Obviously an improvement over a parking lot. But also seems like a missed opportunity in the...
Forum: Development Projects 02-02-2018, 01:58 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 129,505
Posted By jpdivola
Re: Amazon HQ2 RFP

Yeah, SEPTA sucks. A true embarrassment for Philly. But, all in all, I think Philly is still probably a better match than Boston. For starters, Boston dosen't need Amazon's HQ. Its doing...
Forum: Development Projects 01-22-2018, 12:51 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 55,835
Posted By jpdivola
Re: Bay Village Apartment Tower | 212 Stuart St. | Bay Village

Why the bump..is there news on this project that I missed?
Forum: Development Projects 11-01-2017, 07:52 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 89,189
Posted By jpdivola
Re: 40 Trinity Place | 426 Stuart Street | Back Bay

Sorry to bump this thread for only minor news, but two little updates:

1) the hotel is confirming they will closing down for service after Nov 18th.
2) the development company has a project page...
Forum: Development Projects 08-30-2017, 09:53 AM
Replies: 2,243
Views: 524,924
Posted By jpdivola
Re: Copley Place Expansion and Tower | Back Bay

False demand = real estate bubble? I agree there can be bubbles in ownership assets. People purchase property at inflated prices under the assumption that values will keep rising.

But, I'm...
Forum: Development Projects 05-22-2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 1,213
Views: 308,789
Posted By jpdivola
Re: Pierce Boston (née The Point )| Boylston St/Brookline Av | Fenway

I think it comes down to the fact that:
Chicago is laid out to be a massive city with lots of land to work with.
Boston is a midsized city that is close to build out. Buildings like the Pierce...
Forum: Development Projects 12-07-2016, 10:23 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 14,156
Posted By jpdivola
Re: 8-10 Waldo Street Coolidge Corner Brookline

I agree with you that, in theory, Brookline could be made much denser if large sections of the town were knocked down and rebuilt with densely packed tripple-deckers and small walkups. But...
Forum: Development Projects 12-06-2016, 09:25 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,113
Posted By jpdivola
Re: East Cambridge / Infill and Small Projects

Here is some info about the 121-139 First site:
https://www.cambridgema.gov/~/media/Files/CDD/ZoningDevel/SpecialPermits/sp297/sp297_devproposal_narrative.pdf?la=en

Looks like the plan is for a...
Forum: General Architecture & Urban Planning 11-01-2016, 12:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,642
Posted By jpdivola
Re: Benchmarking Boston: how does the urban environment stake up to its peers?

Comparing Boston to its east coast peers DC and Philly, it is pretty interesting to me how Philly and Boston have such similar development patterns, with Philly usually being roughly 30% bigger than...
Forum: Development Projects 11-01-2016, 09:40 AM
Replies: 2,243
Views: 524,924
Posted By jpdivola
Re: Copley Place Expansion and Tower | Back Bay

Yeah, I created a seperate thread for anyone who want to compare Boston to its peer cities.
http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?p=277622#post277622
Forum: General Architecture & Urban Planning 11-01-2016, 09:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,642
Posted By jpdivola
Benchmarking Boston: how does the urban environment stake up to its peers?

How do people think Boston is doing with reguard to urbanism/new construction relative to its peer cities.

I generally consider Boston's peer cities to be:
1) SF- a little denser/big than Boston,...
Forum: Development Projects 10-31-2016, 11:01 AM
Replies: 2,243
Views: 524,924
Posted By jpdivola
Re: Copley Place Expansion and Tower | Back Bay

I don't think I'm disagreeing with you at all. My point is central Boston is contrained by lots of logistical/political barriers to growth. Those impediments make me optimistic that we will...
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