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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure Yesterday, 02:18 PM
Replies: 3,356
Views: 484,839
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Biking in Boston

I am pulling for the road diet + parking protected bike lanes among other improvements to this stretch of Cummins Highway. But I know there are already concerns being expressed that such efforts lead...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure Yesterday, 11:56 AM
Replies: 1,496
Views: 262,657
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

I don't have electrification numbers for the GLX, can you point me to a source? Or are you just suggesting that it seems ridiculously expensive (which it is) and therefore means everything done here...
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism Yesterday, 11:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 733
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: How does Boston's urbanism compare?

Yes, I was going to point out the same. However, I think 34f34f has a point regarding ease of beer and wine sales. My neighborhood has a good mix of restaurants, but the lower end more casual type...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure Yesterday, 11:37 AM
Replies: 1,496
Views: 262,657
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

I think CA has similar cost structures to MA, so I wouldn't double that. Is the $13-14 million based on linear miles or track miles? Much of Cal Train is quad tracked, so if it's linear miles, that...
Forum: Development Projects Yesterday, 09:23 AM
Replies: 1,992
Views: 416,519
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Encore Boston Harbor Casino | Everett

Agreed, it's a valid point to ask how that money was spent and why it wasn't enough to accomplish the stated requirements. Your post did not remotely read like a RIF post!
Forum: Development Projects Yesterday, 08:57 AM
Replies: 1,992
Views: 416,519
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Encore Boston Harbor Casino | Everett

Yes, been thinking that, too. He magically appears after lying dormant for a few years and jumps on some of the same themes. Interesting.
Forum: Development Projects 04-17-2019, 09:46 AM
Replies: 1,992
Views: 416,519
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Encore Boston Harbor Casino | Everett

The comparison doesn't work, as a ball game involves intense traffic for about an hour before and an hour after the game. If Fenway crowds coming and going were spread over three days, that would be...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-16-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 1,496
Views: 262,657
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

Rail ROWs are a great place to have overhead wires, as they are mostly not visible to day to day human existence. And they make for quieter, less polluting trains. That's a win. The greater cause for...
Forum: Development Projects 04-12-2019, 03:36 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,336
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Scape Student Housing | 1252-1268 Boylston Street | Fenway

Yep, and that completely wiped out an entire block of interesting independent mom and pop businesses. The same thing is about to happen to the other side of the square, too. As others have noted,...
Forum: Development Projects 04-12-2019, 03:01 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,336
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Scape Student Housing | 1252-1268 Boylston Street | Fenway

Probably worth a whole thread just for this topic, but essentially new developments include a revenue model that means rents too high for creative, eclectic store front businesses. I share your...
Forum: Board Issues and Announcements 04-11-2019, 04:19 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,076
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: New Forum Discussion

How do you plan to handle the current user database? Would we each need to register at archboston.city, or would there be some sort of migration?

As for the transfer of data, I'm not sure what...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-11-2019, 03:56 PM
Replies: 668
Views: 128,075
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

Fantastic idea. I wonder how challenging it would be to get that through our corrupt legislative process.
Forum: Development Projects 04-11-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 1,209
Views: 347,116
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Fenway Center (One Kenmore) | Turnpike PARCEL 7, Beacon Street | Fenway

No argument from me on that. Cycling for transport, even in places like Amsterdam remains bellow 50%. I think a reasonable target for Boston, given our hills and weather would be somewhere between...
Forum: Development Projects 04-11-2019, 10:33 AM
Replies: 1,209
Views: 347,116
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Fenway Center (One Kenmore) | Turnpike PARCEL 7, Beacon Street | Fenway

Every year I see more people commuting by bike. I am fortunate to have a route that is 95% on bike lane, 2/3 of that being off street paths. If the infrastructure is built correctly, people will use...
Forum: Development Projects 04-11-2019, 10:29 AM
Replies: 1,209
Views: 347,116
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Fenway Center (One Kenmore) | Turnpike PARCEL 7, Beacon Street | Fenway

I agree with your post completely, but I think you've just explained why we aren't getting enough parking protected lanes. Double parking, especially for delivery vehicles, is seen as a cherished...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-11-2019, 09:39 AM
Replies: 1,712
Views: 245,129
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

You might be able to do this on South Huntington, but I don't think it works on the section between there and Brigham Circle. The combination of narrowness and complicated car routing (think about...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-10-2019, 08:39 AM
Replies: 545
Views: 46,105
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

Pay attention. MagicMan is talking about increasing the income tax to over 15%. Who is going to willingly stay in a state with a tax like that? Taking the 'T doesn't exempt you from paying his...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-09-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 545
Views: 46,105
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

So you are suggesting nearly tripling the income tax? Fortunately, we don't need nearly as much money as that for transportation. Maybe you should reconsider your proposal.
Forum: Development Projects 04-09-2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 54,761
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Alexandra Hotel Renovation | 1769 Washington St | South End

Agree with both of you. I guess my only question regards how neighborhood outreach was done. Usually it is based on contacting residents within a certain radius, meaning that it is neighborhood...
Forum: Development Projects 04-09-2019, 09:06 AM
Replies: 4,733
Views: 1,026,490
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

That render was always an obvious con job, though. There is no way that space, no matter how grand in appearance, could ever have been a satisfactory concert space. It would be open to far too many...
Forum: Development Projects 04-03-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 4,733
Views: 1,026,490
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

You have no reason to be excited when focusing your vision on that one piece of the project. I would argue that piece is not for you. Yes, maybe the Great Hall would have been for you. That was...
Forum: Development Projects 04-03-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 29,218
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Allston Yards (Stop and Shop) | 60 Everett St | Allston

This is a step in the right direction, but still far too limited in scope. I look at this image and mostly notice all the surface lots. Hopefully those will also be developed. If not, this will never...
Forum: Development Projects 04-02-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 4,733
Views: 1,026,490
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

The NYC comparisons always make me want to check whatever it is out, next time I'm down that way. I think it's useful on several different levels. As for the great Great Hall v Lesser Connector...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-02-2019, 08:46 AM
Replies: 5,977
Views: 859,235
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

And both of those comments regard the scope of an intermediate project, neither is saying that there is no tunnel work involved in GLT. You might want to tone down the attitude a touch.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-02-2019, 08:24 AM
Replies: 5,977
Views: 859,235
Posted By HenryAlan
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Thanks for the links. I'm curious about your last sentence, though, as the central tunnel work has generally been lumped with GLT in discussions I've seen here. Perhaps the statement regarded GLX?...
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