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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-08-2018, 10:02 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 20,935
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Summer St. Gondola

Lots of negatives, which have been covered on here before:

- There's already a relatively new, underutilized transit tunnel equipped with stations paralleling the proposed gondola route. I'd...
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 12-08-2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 553
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Bones of Boston

East Cambridge could be way better, more like the North End. I lived there in the early 1950's when I was 3 and 4 years old, and I remember vividly the wonderful ethnic neighborhood, the vitality. ...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-08-2018, 01:23 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 20,935
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Summer St. Gondola

+1 ^

Elevated systems and stations over the streets of Boston took over 60 years to get rid of. Now they're going to put up new ones? I don't think so.
Forum: Development Projects 12-08-2018, 01:37 AM
Replies: 393
Views: 60,398
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Official City Hall Plaza Proposals

Looks like tall weeds growing around an Aztec ruin:

https://hips.htvapps.com/htv-prod-media.s3.amazonaws.com/images/bostoncityhallplazastudy-finalreport-6-1530588898.jpg
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-08-2018, 01:33 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 43,158
Posted By Charlie_mta
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-08-2018, 01:31 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 20,935
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Summer St. Gondola

That turkey is never going to fly.
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 12-06-2018, 12:13 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 18,060
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: General Boston Discussion.

The Quincy branch opened in 1971, but the expressways were cancelled in 1972, so the Quincy extension would not have been funded from the cancelled expressways. The extension to Braintree came...
Forum: Development Projects 12-05-2018, 02:22 PM
Replies: 393
Views: 60,398
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Official City Hall Plaza Proposals

You're probably right, but I'm not a "It is what it is" kinda guy. If no one says anything about how shitty GC is, then nothing will ever change.
Forum: Development Projects 12-05-2018, 12:34 AM
Replies: 3,487
Views: 842,738
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

That second photo: East Berlin in the communist era before German reunification.
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 12-05-2018, 12:27 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 18,060
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: General Boston Discussion.

The Inner Belt, NW Xway and SW Xway would today be traffic clogged nightmares. Besides, cancelling them freed up funds to build the Orange Line in the SW corridor, and the Red Line to Alewife. ...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 12-02-2018, 04:17 PM
Replies: 3,409
Views: 541,084
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

There would be three deal killers on this one:

1. Converting trails to rail is politically impossible;
2. There would be significant wetland takes which might be overcome through wetland...
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 11-15-2018, 10:25 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 18,060
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: General Boston Discussion.

Rifleman,

I hear ya. I'm a fiscal conservative myself and vote that way. That being said, I'd rather see the Government spend funds on an American city than waste it overseas shoring up some...
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 11-13-2018, 09:22 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 18,060
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: General Boston Discussion.

The Big Dig was quite a bit cheaper than at first glance if you consider the following:

- The Ted Williams Tunnel and it's approach expressways were a totally added on route, not a replacement,...
Forum: Development Projects 11-10-2018, 11:58 PM
Replies: 3,487
Views: 842,738
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

Exactly. I always thought the entire development looks very asian.

About the exposed concrete; I agree with the concerns. Some narrow cladding to cover only the concrete would be wise, but...
Forum: Development Projects 11-10-2018, 02:04 PM
Replies: 3,487
Views: 842,738
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

Seriously, the exposed concrete framing looks far better on the tower than the lower floors' completed glass cladding. The concrete framing should have been left exposed with floor-to-ceiling...
Forum: Development Projects 11-04-2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 3,487
Views: 842,738
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

That last pic is amazing. it really evokes the look and mood of the site 50 years ago. A great homage to the history of the area.
Forum: Development Projects 11-03-2018, 11:54 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,995
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Union Square Redevelopment | Somerville

God, the O'Brien overpass looks even worse pictured with this urban development proposal.
Forum: Development Projects 11-03-2018, 04:47 PM
Replies: 2,450
Views: 521,182
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Bulfinch Crossing | Congress Street Garage | West End

Impressive ^ if somewhat Dubai-ish. Will it get built in that form?
Forum: Development Projects 10-31-2018, 12:33 AM
Replies: 352
Views: 99,395
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Bulfinch Crossing Residential Tower (GCG Phase I) | 50 Sudbury St | Gov't Center

Wide one-way streets was the urban renewal model in the early 1960's.
Forum: Development Projects 10-30-2018, 10:00 PM
Replies: 1,683
Views: 406,175
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: South Station Tower

Here's my skinnier version:

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1930/44917026704_61a4796275_z.jpg
Forum: Development Projects 10-27-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 3,487
Views: 842,738
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

It seems most of the posters on here support the multi-building approach of this development, rather than a monolithic superblock. I agree with the multiple building development, but I just wish...
Forum: Development Projects 10-22-2018, 11:42 PM
Replies: 3,487
Views: 842,738
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

The industrial look in the 1st two photos is spectacular.
Forum: Development Projects 10-21-2018, 04:51 PM
Replies: 3,487
Views: 842,738
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

I think a tower like this would have been cooler:

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1970/31604973278_395dd36751_z.jpg
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 10-21-2018, 04:45 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 2,698
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Photo of the Day, Boston Style: Part XI (2018)

Canon on a brutalistic pedestal? At least they go together thematically.
Forum: Design a Better Boston 10-16-2018, 10:55 PM
Replies: 3,409
Views: 541,084
Posted By Charlie_mta
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

F-Line, I agree about elevating an LRT line on the GC over Mass Ave, Cambridge Street and Broadway. If done right these could look pretty decent with landscaping, architectural treatments of the...
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