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Forum: Design a Better Boston Yesterday, 08:38 AM
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Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Design a Better Lot

I would definitely add the Firestone and Sullivan Tire service station lots that span significant frontage on Comm Ave near BU.

I get that there are still a lot of cars that need servicing, but as...
Forum: Development Projects 08-19-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 31,953
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: 1000 Boylston Street | MassDOT Parcel 15 | Back Bay

Spot on. I've been trying to tell people that it's not because "the structural engineering of air rights is too hard"...it's because there's enormous uncertainty of how much of a coordinative and...
Forum: Development Projects 08-19-2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 31,953
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: 1000 Boylston Street | MassDOT Parcel 15 | Back Bay

^also, I think it's worth noting that there are key differences between this project and the Copley Place Tower. Here, the entire parcel has no other revenue-generating purpose or value. In Copley,...
Forum: Development Projects 08-19-2019, 08:08 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 10,654
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: MIT Campus infill and small projects

^Yes to your first statement, and *sigh* to your second.
Forum: Development Projects 08-19-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,395
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Redevelopment of Symphony Huntington Properties

My vote is to keep the beautiful masonry parts of the facade, but replace the current windows which are not period anyway and revert back to a period-appropriate window. Then build whatever...
Forum: Development Projects 08-19-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 31,953
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: 1000 Boylston Street | MassDOT Parcel 15 | Back Bay

Agree, but I think it matters if any part of a project extends over a highway, even if not the most structurally challenging, because of all of the...
Forum: Development Projects 08-18-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 10,654
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: MIT Campus infill and small projects

Not sure, but folks may want to track this in it's own thread, depending on the architectural scope of the addition, and/or because I know people consider this an architecturally significant...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-15-2019, 11:38 AM
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Views: 932,172
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Ant, sure, transparency = good; information = good.

But leaving it at that is setting way too low of a bar for the T. The problem with "malicious compliance" is that it is tied to a "see, we...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-15-2019, 07:44 AM
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Posted By bigpicture7
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

No, I am in neither of those camps.

I am in the "rooting strongly for the T; really wanting the T to succeed; NOT defeatist about it...BUT, have not seen enough evidence yet that they've got the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-14-2019, 03:48 PM
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Views: 932,172
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

^Yes, this is true as I recall it. That said, I don't think this simple statement actually captures the real situation.

Anyone feel free to correct me, but here's my play-by-play analysis of what...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-13-2019, 12:54 PM
Replies: 3,048
Views: 583,593
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

^ lots of nuance, thanks.

Well, I'm optimistic...but 2021 seems awful sporty, at this point, for finishing the not-yet-started restoration of the old concrete portion of the viaduct.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-13-2019, 12:43 PM
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Views: 583,593
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

Thanks; appreciate the distinction you outline between GLX & GLT components.

Nothing would steal the thunder of a GLX grand opening like a long-term bustitution gap between two disconnected...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-13-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 3,048
Views: 583,593
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

Thanks, and you sensed exactly why I was wondering about it!
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-13-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 3,048
Views: 583,593
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

Sorry if this is a stupid question or has already been recently addressed (it's just impossible to keep up with everything)...

Does anyone know if repair/restoration to the old parts of the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-12-2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 6,404
Views: 932,172
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

^ Yeah seriously. The they're-not-screwing-us gold standard is this:

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/publicroads/12mayjune/03.cfm

Now that was what round-the-clock looks like, and to be...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-12-2019, 12:26 PM
Replies: 6,404
Views: 932,172
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

e.g., the whole operation is a cluster___ and needs to be taken substantially more seriously from both an infrastructure maintenance and enforcement standpoint.
Forum: Development Projects 08-12-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 1,449
Views: 292,240
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: What's Happening With Project X?

Foremost: that it destroyed the historic bromfield street-level facade/experience...with, to be frank, an insultingly sterile streetwall that showed no effort to honor the context.

Secondarily: it...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-09-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 4,216
Views: 832,558
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Logan Flight Additions

One can also now do SYD-BOS with one stop in Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines (on some days), all booked on one ticket. It's a lovely midpoint layover, though probably incompatible with some folks'...
Forum: Development Projects 08-09-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 641
Views: 186,519
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Bulfinch Crossing Residential Tower (GCG Phase I) | 50 Sudbury St | Gov't Center

Not any more than when developers of one building put airbrushed/better-than-reality versions of others' buildings in the background of their renders to make the whole scene look good :)
Forum: Development Projects 08-08-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 4,852
Views: 1,082,271
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

^I really wish we could have a "key facts & info" sticky post/banner atop each page of each development thread. We've discussed that this project is doing up/down construction like a dozen times in...
Forum: Development Projects 08-07-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 4,177
Views: 1,118,272
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

CitizenM hotel opens August 12th, according to TD Garden twitter:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EBT98X2XkAEEjb3.jpg
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Forum: General 08-06-2019, 09:39 AM
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Views: 640,397
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Open Thread

^this may just be the most ironic headline I've ever read...
Forum: Development Projects 08-06-2019, 09:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,366
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: The Hotel Thread

Raffles in Copley Sq.
Forum: Development Projects 08-05-2019, 03:27 PM
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Views: 271,442
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: Longfellow Place (née Garden Garage Towers) | 35 Lomasney Way | West End

Not sure who's got the helm around here these days...

We've historically stated "née __former name(s)___" on numerous other threads, so I suggested it mainly out of convention; I don't dispute...
Forum: Development Projects 08-05-2019, 03:24 PM
Replies: 4,177
Views: 1,118,272
Posted By bigpicture7
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

BLDUP reports (https://www.bldup.com/projects/td-garden) that Rapid7 has now moved in, and has posted a few photos of their interior:
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