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Forum: Development Projects Today, 08:35 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 17,526
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: AVA North Point II | Archtone phase II | East Cambridge

I actually can see a developer thinking "disposable building". A lot of suburban houses are built that way, why not an urban landscraper?

Use the cheapest construction technique. Grab the money...
Forum: Development Projects Yesterday, 06:52 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 35,049
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: DOT Parcels 25, 26, 27, 28 Kneeland Street

That is the huge mound in the middle of Parcel 27. None of the developers were at all interested in Parcel 27 (the one surrounded by highway, not on Kneeland Street).
Forum: Development Projects 02-23-2018, 06:58 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 35,049
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: DOT Parcels 25, 26, 27, 28 Kneeland Street

Those issues were rather minor. (The Globe article missed the big one).

The State wants potential developers to take on the responsibility for any hazardous waste mitigation at the Veolia plant...
Forum: Development Projects 02-21-2018, 04:52 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 72,968
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Hook Lobster Development | 436-440 Atlantic Ave | Downtown

Seems to me that the BPDA under Mayor Walsh has really upped their negotiation game.

This is the second recent example of complex, multi-stakeholder negotiations that seem to create real...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 02-17-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 505
Views: 63,187
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Green Line Reconfiguration

I am sure he meant to say Reservoir on the D Riverside line.

And actually the B, C and D lines are all close together at Cleveland Circle (Chestnut Street - B; Reservoir - D). Perhaps free surface...
Forum: Development Projects 02-14-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 656
Views: 180,470
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: One Greenway (Parcel 24) | 0 Kneeland Street | Chinatown

The architect was fired from their previous position as a prison architect.
Forum: Development Projects 02-11-2018, 11:57 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 67,154
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Portside at Pier One | 29 Marginal Street (Pier 1, Pier 5) | East Boston

This waterfront area has been an unapproachable hazardous wasteland for decades, composed of rotting wharfs with unimaginable toxic hazards.

All of the waterfront developments in East Boston are...
Forum: Development Projects 02-11-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 16,864
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: 110 Arlington Street - Boutique Hotel | Bay Village

Based on how close the tops of the arched windows are to the third floor windows, I wonder if these aren't faux decorative arches -- basically not leading to living space behind, but to interfloor...
Forum: Development Projects 02-11-2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 59,463
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Mixed Use Complex | 345 Harrison Ave | South End

For a megablock complex, it seems OK to me. Not great architecture, but not hate worthy. And there is a lot of residential packed into that megablock!
Forum: Development Projects 02-09-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 1,470
Views: 85,218
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Amazon HQ2 RFP

Sorry, I still disagree. The Amazon bid is just part of the overall trend of companies moving into Boston. Because we have limited space to build more offices, it would crowd out other moves. So...
Forum: Development Projects 02-09-2018, 07:45 AM
Replies: 1,470
Views: 85,218
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Amazon HQ2 RFP

Why does everyone assume that Amazon growth would be on top of existing growth?

A lot of existing growth is because companies are moving operations into the city. Amazon would just be another...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-07-2018, 05:03 PM
Replies: 5,102
Views: 588,416
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

The Garden and South Station should consider cutting a deal like apparently Uber and Lyft have made with the Red Sox/Fenway Park. Except for disability pickup, their apps force a pickup location a...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-04-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 1,000
Views: 142,758
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Silver Line to Chelsea

Other vehicle sectors that have diesel, CNG and battery-electric have proven battery-electric provides the lowest TCO. I believe Protera not because they have the evidence, but because the parallel...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-03-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 877
Views: 141,574
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

Actually aluminum smelting is much more than just heating the ore, it then involves electrolysis, using high electrical current on the molten ore to separate the metal from the oxide component. This...
Forum: Development Projects 02-02-2018, 09:44 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,539
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Kenmore Square North

OK, I'll agree with you on this observation. I thought it was older, since all I noted was all the trolleys feeding in from Beacon. I did not notice the Commonwealth portal (I did not see any...
Forum: Development Projects 02-02-2018, 08:31 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,539
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Kenmore Square North

Probably not appropriate to call those trolleys the Green Line. They are just part of the extensive surface trolley network that covered the city before any subway tunnels were built.

The density...
Forum: Development Projects 02-01-2018, 10:44 AM
Replies: 1,470
Views: 85,218
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Amazon HQ2 RFP

Also, the idea that Boston loses 50% of its college grads is a bit misleading, since most of the students in Boston area colleges are not from Boston.

So keeping 50% of the Boston area grads is a...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 01-29-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 710
Views: 105,727
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: General Infrastructure

Also, there are intersections where the sight lines simply do not support safe right turn on red (but drivers will be dumb if you let them).

Great example is Herald Street where it ends at Albany...
Forum: Development Projects 01-29-2018, 06:20 AM
Replies: 488
Views: 110,639
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Quaker Lane + Congress Square | Downtown

It is not looking very "jewel box", as it was billed. More like a poorly assembled IKEA crate.
Forum: Development Projects 01-29-2018, 06:17 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,738
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Emerson College - Little Building Addition + Renovation | 80 Boylston St | Downto

Did they know to treat the steel in 1915, when the Little Building was first constructed?

Also, may have something to do with the specific stone facade used, which appeared to be pretty porous.
Forum: Development Projects 01-25-2018, 08:18 AM
Replies: 757
Views: 119,202
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

This is perfect. I always assumed that West Station was there mostly to connect people quickly to South Station (And Back Bay Station), thus enabling a South Shore / South West commute to the site....
Forum: Development Projects 01-24-2018, 03:21 PM
Replies: 656
Views: 101,350
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Whiskey Priest/Atlantic Beer Garden Redevelopment | 150 Seaport Blvd | Seaport

Perhaps not Fish Pier, because it is owned by MassPort. Although access to parts of the facility is certainly limited.

World Trade Center is certainly a private facility -- it is owned by...
Forum: Development Projects 01-24-2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 656
Views: 101,350
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Whiskey Priest/Atlantic Beer Garden Redevelopment | 150 Seaport Blvd | Seaport

Fish Pier and World Trade Center are both over 100 years old, for starters. And they both dominate their portion of the waterfront. (For somewhat practical purposes.)
Forum: Development Projects 01-20-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 13,895
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Parcel P-12 | Chinatown

I believe it is the developer putting the BPDA on notice that they would like to retain the option to build another residential tower on that part of the parcel. Nothing formal, but basically...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 01-20-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 1,000
Views: 142,758
Posted By JeffDowntown
Re: Silver Line to Chelsea

For Shenzhen, sure. But Beijing, which has virtually the same temperature profile as Boston, has over 1,000 battery electric buses, and rapidly expanding (projected to be 10,000 in 2020). Qingdao,...
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