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Forum: Development Projects 05-18-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 319
Views: 68,852
Posted By Shepard
Re: Chelsea

Thanks. I still don’t understand what the optics of fake apartments are, and it would still seem like “incentivizing” a beautification of these sites would involve public money at stake either way....
Forum: Development Projects 05-18-2018, 01:35 PM
Replies: 319
Views: 68,852
Posted By Shepard
Re: Chelsea

I’m confused. We shouldn’t do nice things in poor communities for fear of making poor people feel bad?

I’m not actually trying to be snarky.
Forum: General Architecture & Urban Planning 05-16-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 26,366
Posted By Shepard
Re: NYC Architecture and Development

It was similarly really quite surreal here in Boston as well. 7PM as the storm moved out we were left with a greenish hazy glow - the world looked like a Monet painting - and then the green hazy glow...
Forum: Development Projects 05-14-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 1,502
Views: 253,920
Posted By Shepard
Re: Encore Boston Harbor Casino | Everett

Back to the important questions. Will we still be getting the $30 million Popeye statue?

https://www.boston.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/popeye-850x478.jpg
Forum: Development Projects 05-13-2018, 01:43 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 12,939
Posted By Shepard
Re: Kenmore Square North

One of the things that would help this entire area is the grounding of the Bowker and the downgrading of Storrow (or is it still SFR at this point - whatever). Actual riverfront would be a draw, for...
Forum: Development Projects 05-11-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 12,939
Posted By Shepard
Re: Kenmore Square North

Baseball is a sport of nostalgia. For every one person who goes to Fenway who's really read up on the day's game and thoroughly wants to follow it, five others go for the "experience" - which often...
Forum: Development Projects 05-11-2018, 09:27 AM
Replies: 3,984
Views: 637,922
Posted By Shepard
Re: The New Retail Thread

Sit-down Mexican restaurants of the "standard" variety - by which I mean beans, rice, cheese, tortilla, guacamole, salsa/mole and fillings, in different combos according to the dish - never, ever...
Forum: Development Projects 05-10-2018, 09:19 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 12,939
Posted By Shepard
Re: Kenmore Square North

There is literally a parking lot facing Kenmore across Deerfield Street. If Kenmore north needs a flashy new glass cube, build it there. Leave this corner alone ffs
Forum: Development Projects 05-02-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 517
Views: 128,743
Posted By Shepard
Re: 121 Seaport Boulevard | Parcel L2 | Seaport Square

^ Yeah. Why would they do that?

Also, correct me if I'm wrong but the tree roots are going to muddle up all the surrounding pavers, no?
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-24-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 1,050
Views: 164,139
Posted By Shepard
Re: North-South Rail Link

^ Very intelligent post.

So long as the Fed is doing its job of not allowing the US currency to be devalued, and so long as the dollar remains a major world reserve currency, then yes - money can...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-23-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 1,186
Views: 164,885
Posted By Shepard
Re: Silver Line to Chelsea

Seems to me like they could simply improve the service by boosting headways between Chelsea and Airport with two or three more buses going back and forth making that limited run. As anyone who takes...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-19-2018, 01:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,093
Posted By Shepard
Re: The next BIG skyscraper proposal that rises above 600'.....

Height Fetish Thread -- Table of Contents

1. Tall buildings are good
2. Some sites can support tall buildings - yay
3. Other cities build taller buildings - boo
4. Why should we care
5. Tall...
Forum: Development Projects 04-17-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,719
Posted By Shepard
Re: Arsenal Yards | Arsenal Mall Redevelopment | Watertown

Funny that the Home Depot and huge surface lot stays. It's also too bad they couldn't do something more with the waterfront, which leaves me a bit puzzled.
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-16-2018, 01:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,446
Posted By Shepard
Re: Boston - Most Embarrassing Blight That Tourists See

Sorry, BB, I have nothing against Punters! Just trying to put myself into the mind of a tourist who has no other context.

Why are there so few nice restaurants near the MFA/Gardner? Are there any?
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-16-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,446
Posted By Shepard
Re: Boston - Most Embarrassing Blight That Tourists See

From the perspective of a map-carrying walker:

- Overly wide "incomplete" streets in prominent tourists areas such as Charles St between the Garden/Commons (that's the worst) and through Beacon...
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 04-16-2018, 07:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 530
Posted By Shepard
Re: Tell Me Where to Live

Haven't lived in most of the neighborhoods mentioned so far, but I'll weigh in with personal experience:

There's a unique neighborhood of Brighton/Brookline where I used to live that might fit the...
Forum: General Architecture & Urban Planning 04-13-2018, 01:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,176
Posted By Shepard
Re: Skylines of the World

^ That's a proposal (I believe called The Kiss or something like that) which will never be built as rendered.
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-11-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,063
Posted By Shepard
Re: Reclaim South Bay

It's really an unfriendly pedestrian experience where the Bowker comes into the Boylston curve, and creates all sorts of weird and disorienting detours. I think the idea is that it stitches together...
Forum: General Architecture & Urban Planning 04-05-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 776
Posted By Shepard
Re: New us masterplanned city.

Build AMERICA CITY smack in the middle of a solidly-red state cornfield, with urban plans straight out of the Bible. A "libertarian" paradise governed by a strict evangelical moral code, with 24/7...
Forum: Development Projects 04-02-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 3,052
Views: 680,783
Posted By Shepard
Forum: Development Projects 03-27-2018, 01:39 PM
Replies: 3,984
Views: 637,922
Posted By Shepard
Re: The New Retail Thread

The FDA food code, which most if not all states adopt, prohibits any non-service animals in restaurants. Outdoor seating is a gray area where states/localities take different approaches. I've found...
Forum: Development Projects 03-16-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,993
Posted By Shepard
Re: 1000 Boylston Street | MassDot Pike Parcel 15

This is a great design. And a big deal.

Some time in the next 5 - 10 years you'll experience continuous urbanism/streetwall from Copley, past the Pru, out to and around the Fens, and straight...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 03-16-2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 586
Views: 73,308
Posted By Shepard
Re: Green Line Reconfiguration

It's funny how things come full circle. If you look back earlier in the thread you'll see that between Davem and F-Line and other transit gurus, the consensus went towards the...
Forum: Development Projects 03-16-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 9,668
Posted By Shepard
Re: The Aberdeen | 1650 Commonwealth Ave. | Brighton

This stretch of Comm Ave streetscape is, I hate to say it, so dismal overall that even the Château de Versailles would, in a shot taken from across the street, appear to be a turd.

The materials...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 03-15-2018, 01:28 PM
Replies: 586
Views: 73,308
Posted By Shepard
Re: Green Line Reconfiguration

Love it, Van! Essex Street to me is the #1 transformative play to be made, all others are subsequent phases. I like how you articulated it as such.

Quick comment on a zinger: Newtown should be...
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