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Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism Yesterday, 09:45 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 30,029
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: General Boston Discussion.

Plant that building on top of South Station. It would complement it so much better than the proposed glass tower.
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 07-20-2019, 02:51 PM
Replies: 637
Views: 166,399
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Aerials

Maybe so, but it gets ugly when people start the heated up characterizations. I don't care for it myself.
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 07-20-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 637
Views: 166,399
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Aerials

That's a bit over the top (no pun intended). Sounds like you're personally insulting a guy because he likes tall buildings.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-20-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 787
Views: 141,910
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

The only solution to make this on ramp comply with merge lane standards is to widen the eastbound tunneled portion for a hundred feet or so where the ramp joins it, which would be a project of Big...
Forum: Development Projects 07-18-2019, 10:48 PM
Replies: 4,108
Views: 1,097,720
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

In an odd way, the O'Neill almost looks tolerable next to the new tower:
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-14-2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,717
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Unbuilt roads around metro Boston

Here's my idea for fixing the Alewife intersection bottleneck. It would have only a 1-phase traffic light, and require minimal taking of trees and greenspace, with that mitigated by turning some...
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 07-12-2019, 10:47 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 30,029
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: General Boston Discussion.

Can't they fit in a couple of 4' wide bike lanes without cutting down old-growth trees? Eliminate a traffic lane for crying out loud. It's not rocket science.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-11-2019, 10:17 PM
Replies: 1,055
Views: 193,203
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

You'll still have the westbound Pike roaring by a few feet from the paths, because once SFR is fully above the WB Pike the wall disappears and there are just bridge posts there. What they should do...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-08-2019, 08:17 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,717
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Unbuilt roads around metro Boston

I think some strategically placed underpasses or overpasses on this section of 1A, and on 16 at Wellington Circle, would really benefit the metro traffic. Also the Alewife intersection on Rte 2.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-07-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,717
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Unbuilt roads around metro Boston

That alternative was a last minute effort before the entire highway was cancelled.

To avoid the taking of residential neighborhoods, it proposed a route through the Mystic Valley Parkway, the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-05-2019, 10:41 PM
Replies: 1,566
Views: 283,091
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

No problem. I appreciate you and a lot of others on here.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-04-2019, 04:51 PM
Replies: 1,566
Views: 283,091
Posted By Charlie_mta
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-04-2019, 01:07 PM
Replies: 1,566
Views: 283,091
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

I grew up in a tough public housing project where there was a lot of vandalism and graffiti, (but before spray paint was invented, mostly cigarette burns on walls, pens, etc.), and it really degraded...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-02-2019, 10:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 882
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Unbuilt railroads

That's awesome. I wonder if it led to the idea for Commonwealth Ave across Brookline and Newton?
Forum: Design a Better Boston 07-02-2019, 10:01 PM
Replies: 3,627
Views: 643,264
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

Use the toll revenue to fund the project. Instant funding.
Forum: Development Projects 07-01-2019, 11:29 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 59,935
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: One Kenmore Square | 560 Commonwealth Avenue | Kenmore Square

The Green Line portal should be moved 43 feet to the west (as measured on Google maps) to shift the new cross street and sidewalk west and enlarge the lot for the new building. The MBTA had...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-01-2019, 11:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 882
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Unbuilt railroads

Here is a plan for a New York City to North Station railroad line. Details on this are at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_and_Boston_Rapid_Transit_Company

It's the red line that cuts...
Forum: Development Projects 06-30-2019, 11:04 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 59,935
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: One Kenmore Square | 560 Commonwealth Avenue | Kenmore Square

Okay, I agree. All in all it would be a plus.
Forum: Development Projects 06-30-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 59,935
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: One Kenmore Square | 560 Commonwealth Avenue | Kenmore Square

I hate this. Commonwealth Avenue is the main east-west axis of the city, both visually and historically. Breaking it up like this creates a gerrymandered hodgepodge, very disruptive to the fabric...
Forum: Development Projects 06-29-2019, 11:51 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 14,648
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Harvard Square: Transformation

Whighlander,

You're right about not verging too far into the maudlin. I have no complaints really. I'm pushing 70 but work out a lot, am in great health and have two young grand kids and a great...
Forum: Development Projects 06-29-2019, 12:24 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 14,648
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Harvard Square: Transformation

That's great and thank you for the info. I've been to City Lights. Ferlinghetti pretty much sums it all up for me.

Harvard Square was a center for the Beat movement in the late 50's/early...
Forum: Development Projects 06-28-2019, 10:15 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 14,648
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Harvard Square: Transformation

Harvard Square, circa 1966: I'd walk home from my after school evening job at the old Stop and Shop, about a mile down the river, arrive in Harvard Square about 9:20 pm, stop off at a small...
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 06-28-2019, 09:40 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,699
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: The Boston "what if" thread

No. The Inner Belt Xway would have been totally inside the Emerald Necklace park land and Muddy River at this location, replacing the natural Muddy River with a pair of concrete channels flanking...
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 06-19-2019, 10:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,699
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: The Boston "what if" thread

"what if" the Inner Belt Xway (I-695), SW Xway (I-95_, and NE Xway (Route 2) had been built? What would Boston, Cambridge and Somerville be like today. Would the traffic be any better?

The...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-13-2019, 10:41 PM
Replies: 6,289
Views: 915,732
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Good article from WGBH on MBTA funding needs and proposals:

https://www.wgbh.org/news/commentary/2019/06/12/wake-up-call-the-time-for-action-on-the-t-is-today
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