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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-11-2014, 12:46 AM
Replies: 3,216
Views: 346,148
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Biking in Boston

I'd call it a sidewalk, not a bike path, where it's right next to Shore Drive. There's no reason to ride a bike on it once the raised crosswalk is open.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-10-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,944
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Fitchburg Line Improvement Project

I wasn't suggesting that the railroad project stretch out to accommodate weekend service. I was just questioning the lack of substitute bus service.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-10-2014, 01:45 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,944
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Fitchburg Line Improvement Project

This shutdown goes through Thanksgiving, well into the Brandeis fall term.

Concord tourism (including Walden Pond to some extent) will suffer from this.

The 553 doesn't strike me as being a...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-09-2014, 12:40 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,944
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Fitchburg Line Improvement Project

I'm surprised that the T can get away without any substitute bus service. This total shutdown is going to strand a lot of people.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-08-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 50,353
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: 128 Widening

Doesn't all traffic coming out of the office park turn right? If so, why is any police detail needed?
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-08-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 354
Views: 49,826
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Biking the Boston 'Burbs (Trails, MDC, & Towns beyond Hubway area)

I don't bike to downtown Boston (from Davis Square) daily, but I do it fairly routinely. The Longfellow Bridge is actually quite pleasant for cycling these days, with only one lane of car traffic...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 07-08-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,686
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Outdoor Sports Viewing

I think logistics and licensing (from the cable company) took a little longer than expected in Cambridge. Boston City Hall Plaza had the US-Belgium and US-Germany games.
Forum: Design a Better Boston 07-08-2014, 01:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,686
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Outdoor Sports Viewing

University Park Common, near Central Square in Cambridge, will be an outdoor viewing area for the last four World Cup games, starting this afternoon.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-08-2014, 01:04 AM
Replies: 354
Views: 49,826
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Biking the Boston 'Burbs (Trails, MDC, & Towns beyond Hubway area)

The shoulder of that part of 16 is much wider than any typical bike lane, and could simply be officially marked as a bike lane. The eastbound section of 16, on the other side of 93, has a...
Forum: Development Projects 07-08-2014, 12:03 AM
Replies: 2,307
Views: 329,017
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: MA Casino Developments

Whether I vote for the repeal or not is probably going to depend on what sort of deal Wynn Everett makes with Somerville, and whether Somerville gets enough out of that deal.
Forum: Development Projects 07-07-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 36,602
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Barry's Corner Commons and renaming Barry's Corner

I have lost track -- what is supposed to replace the now-vacant Charlesview, and when will it be demolished? (Or will it be reused as dormitory space?)
Forum: Development Projects 07-07-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 3,734
Views: 573,090
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: The New Retail Thread

what street is the Orange Leaf photo from?

that's a pretty fancy exterior for McDonald's next door.
Forum: Development Projects 07-07-2014, 02:18 AM
Replies: 1,037
Views: 165,066
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Somerville Soccer Stadium

Central Falls? That's a tiny and densely built little city -- where is there room in it to put a stadium?
Forum: Development Projects 05-25-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 278
Views: 63,481
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Public Food Market

I don't think that's the issue here. Rather, that liquidation produce and local-farmer produce each be properly labeled and differentiated from each other, if both are being sold on the same block.
Forum: Development Projects 05-17-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 481
Views: 92,430
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Somerville Developments

That's not "missed opportunity". That's "hasn't happened yet, and won't until the Green Line stations open."
Forum: Development Projects 05-16-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 3,734
Views: 573,090
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: The New Retail Thread

What would I like to see? A relocated, reopened Other Side Cafe. (Change the name to This Side Cafe.)

Or maybe a temporary micro-Wegman's until the real one opens in the Fenway?
Forum: Development Projects 05-16-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 1,870
Views: 452,623
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Assembly Row (Assembly Sq Redevelopment) | Assembly Square | Somerville

I don't think it's appropriate for the city to take the existing strip mall by eminent domain, but I'd be happy to see just the parking lots taken that way, leaving the stores in place.
Forum: Development Projects 05-05-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 21,161
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Charles Place, Harvard Sq, Cambridge

Will the turnaround come back? It looks to me like the road that contained the turnaround has been removed and built upon.
Forum: Development Projects 05-04-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 21,161
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Charles Place, Harvard Sq, Cambridge

I can't figure out how the trolleybuses coming out of the tunnel at Mount Auburn are able to reverse to go back into the tunnel. This project seems to have (permanently?) removed the overhead...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-02-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 11,775
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: The Northeast Expressway, Revere Beach Connector, and geographically related proj

What is wrong with Route 1? It is fully grade separated from all cross-traffic, except for one traffic light in Lynnfield.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-30-2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 2,772
Views: 388,469
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Green Line to Medford to start in 2011

And by the time that's finished, I hope the final section (bridge across the Charles River to North Station) is also well underway.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-30-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 2,772
Views: 388,469
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Green Line to Medford to start in 2011

Do you find the North Bank bridge 'scary'? I don't.

The path needs to meet ADA guidelines, so it's not going to have any really steep climbs or descents.

(And I'd rather walk or bike on a...
Forum: Development Projects 04-29-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 235
Views: 52,916
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Somerville's Union Square

Quincy Center shows what happens when you use a master developer. I don't understand why Somerville would want to emulate that.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-28-2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 2,772
Views: 388,469
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Green Line to Medford to start in 2011

The work from Cedar to Lowell is already going on. They just removed part of a parking lot on Cedar that was encroaching on the right-of-way.
Forum: Development Projects 04-24-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 8,765
Views: 2,032,999
Posted By Ron Newman
Re: Millennium Tower (Filene's) | 426 Washington Street | Downtown

it's a discussion of past and future retail in the Filene's building; what could be more relevant here?
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