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Forum: Development Projects 06-24-2019, 02:49 PM
Replies: 2,263
Views: 453,614
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Re: Encore Boston Harbor Casino | Everett

As we've seen with Assembly and South Bay, big box retail centers can get way denser without the retail going anywhere. By my measurements, the Gateway Center has about 29 acres of surface parking...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-21-2019, 03:05 PM
Replies: 6,182
Views: 898,254
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Go to, say, the Northeastern stop on the E and you'll see probably 10 evaders per train in the morning. Sometimes the conductor barks over the intercom to "come forward and pay your fare," but...
Forum: Development Projects 06-21-2019, 08:28 AM
Replies: 2,263
Views: 453,614
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Re: Encore Boston Harbor Casino | Everett

True, but don't undercount the fact that Encore is already running shuttles from the casino to Wellington. By having employees park there too, they kill two birds with one stone. If that employee...
Forum: Development Projects 06-18-2019, 01:04 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 56,079
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

That's just the cost of the apartment building construction though. When you factor in all the other costs of a large-scale development that don't lead directly to revenues (land (which is big),...
Forum: Development Projects 06-14-2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 24,282
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Parcel 12 | Massachusetts Avenue at Boylston Street | Back Bay

This is one of those situations where I seriously don't understand what the hell the BCDC reviewers are thinking. From the presentation, it looks like the changes to the plaza's design were made in...
Forum: Development Projects 06-14-2019, 12:26 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 24,282
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Parcel 12 | Massachusetts Avenue at Boylston Street | Back Bay

The renders in green and brown are all "before" renders. The "after" section has labelled massing models (in all white with no texture), and also those separate "view" renders showing white towers. ...
Forum: Development Projects 06-14-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 24,282
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Parcel 12 | Massachusetts Avenue at Boylston Street | Back Bay

Compare slides 10 and 18 of that presentation. Yes, there have been some slight changes to the massings, but also:

The color is gone from both towers(!)
The "flying buttress"-like stilts under...
Forum: Development Projects 06-07-2019, 04:10 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,169
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Office Tower | 125 Lincoln St | Leather District

PNF: [pdf] (http://www.bostonplans.org/getattachment/a1db10c3-fb81-40e2-b43a-e9d9efe08285)

Renders look kinda like a mashup of the two Hub on Causeway buildings.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-24-2019, 02:54 PM
Replies: 6,182
Views: 898,254
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Could you imagine, say, the Starbuck app not accepting credit or debit payments for ten days in one month...
Forum: Development Projects 05-21-2019, 10:09 PM
Replies: 4,077
Views: 1,082,110
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

Avalon North Station used a steel "core" because it was built on top of an existing underground garage. Cast-in-place concrete cores are the usual choice to provide sheer strength and fire...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-21-2019, 09:42 PM
Replies: 723
Views: 136,370
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

^ Ari Ofsevit had a long tweetstorm (https://twitter.com/ofsevit/status/1130950448070909952) (and CommonWealth Magazine column...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-16-2019, 09:46 AM
Replies: 3,013
Views: 568,298
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

^ Great analogy, fattony. The Google Maps "Measure distance" tool (which is far from exact) puts that stretch at 10 feet wide.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-15-2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 3,013
Views: 568,298
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

7 mph is an 8:35 mile. That's barely moving on a bike, and would even keep a significant share of runners off the path. A 10 foot wide path with a 7 mph speed limit is a sidewalk, not a "bike...
Forum: Development Projects 05-15-2019, 12:08 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 164,394
Posted By JumboBuc
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-15-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 3,013
Views: 568,298
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

Yeah, 10 feet of pavement with grass on both sides is much wider in practice than 10 feet of pavement between barriers.
Forum: Development Projects 05-10-2019, 02:55 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 14,035
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Simmons University Living and Learning Center | 300 Fenway | Longwood

Dorms are probably more expensive than they should be, but college students paying high rents in new on-campus dorms is better for all non-college student renters than if those students were paying...
Forum: Development Projects 05-10-2019, 02:44 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 14,035
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Simmons University Living and Learning Center | 300 Fenway | Longwood

"Unlike some of those schools that are struggling financially, Simmons’ enrollment has grown significantly in recent years. Today, the school has more than 7,000 full-time, part-time, and online...
Forum: General 05-10-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,527
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Simmons University Living and Learning Center | 300 Fenway | Longwood

^ Uh, okay...

(I'm pretty sure these have been the standard talking points of a certain segment of the population for at least 50 years. But either way it's not something for this forum.)
Forum: Development Projects 05-10-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 14,035
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Simmons University Living and Learning Center | 300 Fenway | Longwood

I dunno about anybody else, but the idea of closing down an entire college campus and (presumably) turning it over to a a private developer makes me feel a little gross.
Forum: Development Projects 05-10-2019, 12:28 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 62,367
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Gables Seaport (née Waterside Place 1B) | 505 Congress Street | Seaport

There's no question in my eyes that Seaport architecture has evolved significantly over the last twenty years or so. People often group "Seaport" architecture together in one clump as if it's all...
Forum: Development Projects 05-09-2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 788
Views: 191,922
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: General Electric HQ (Phase 1 - Necco Buildings Reno) | 244-284 A Street | Fort Po

There's a good chance the building that would have been Phase II will still be built, it just won't be for GE as a tenant. One of the factors contributing to the value of this plot is that plans for...
Forum: Development Projects 05-08-2019, 09:16 AM
Replies: 340
Views: 89,034
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Quincy Center Redevelopment

I am no expert on Quincy zoning regulations, but I wouldn't at all be surprised if that setback is required. Bad street levels are often the product of zoning rules, not the product of developer...
Forum: Development Projects 05-03-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 1,413
Views: 277,447
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: What's Happening With Project X?

I'm still totally baffled by the abandoned Star Market-owned gas station across from the Pierce in the Fenway (http://archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5455&page=2). It's now been sitting in...
Forum: Development Projects 05-03-2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 2,160
Views: 633,499
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Assembly Row (Assembly Sq Redevelopment) | Assembly Square | Somerville

I don't think anyone debates that it is increasingly technologically feasible to transmit data between a central office and a remote worker. But the technological feasibility of data transmission...
Forum: Development Projects 05-03-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1,472
Views: 346,211
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: South Boston Infill and Small Projects

Put me in the camp that considers the Southie beaches to be a great resource. Sure, the ground underneath the water isn't great, but that's true for most of New England. The harbor prevents big...
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