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Forum: Development Projects Today, 01:36 PM
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Posted By JumboBuc
Re: The New Retail Thread

To be fair, one of the main factors that distinguishes cheap shoes from expensive shoes is durability and longevity, and you can't really observe that in a store. The Palessi stunt might hold up in...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure Today, 11:06 AM
Replies: 5,477
Views: 737,901
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Fair enough. My stance from that start is that a competent manager may be able to manage anything to some extent (and fix some of the T's issues) but Ramirez never showed himself to be a competent...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure Today, 10:57 AM
Replies: 5,477
Views: 737,901
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

My recollection was that this board pretty much unanimously agreed that he wasn't the right guy for the job. And for all the "MBA" talk, the guy doesn't even have a damn MBA!
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure Today, 10:39 AM
Replies: 5,477
Views: 737,901
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Ramirez out (https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/12/11/mbta-general-manager-luis-ramirez-out-after-just-months/y5CPLjjSvM4n4ZQ22c1sjJ/story.html)
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure Today, 09:12 AM
Replies: 831
Views: 137,607
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: General Infrastructure

The T should have been running the analysis concurrently with the pilot, so that results could be reached without having to stop the thing.

It's also important to note that when prices went down...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure Yesterday, 05:14 PM
Replies: 831
Views: 137,607
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: General Infrastructure

So bafflingly stupid:

Globe: The MBTAís weekend commuter rail discount went pretty well. But now itís over...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-09-2018, 12:57 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 20,946
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Summer St. Gondola

Why was this thread bumped?
Forum: Development Projects 12-07-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 4,263
Views: 735,190
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: The New Retail Thread

One can be a "small-c conservative" and vote either Democratic or Republican. Conservatism in the sense of generally liking your community the way it is and not wanting the things you value to...
Forum: Development Projects 12-06-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 4,263
Views: 735,190
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: The New Retail Thread

I see this less as hypocrisy and more as a clear demonstration of how un-democratic many municipal-level decisions are. The vote to legalize marijuana was made on the general election ballot in a...
Forum: Development Projects 12-06-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 4,263
Views: 735,190
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: The New Retail Thread

I honestly can't come up with any theoretical mechanism by which legal marijuana stores would lead to increased crime. Like, what's even a possible argument for that?

People come to legal...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-06-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 20,734
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Water

The state population hasn't even grown 15% from 1990 to 2017, and that's almost 30 years. And as you say, water consumption has been falling as the population has been growing. Old houses use less...
Forum: Development Projects 12-04-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 4,263
Views: 735,190
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: The New Retail Thread

This issue significantly pre-dates Walsh's term and is rooted in Commonwealth law, not city ordinances.

State Law sets a per-capita liquor license cap for every city and town in Massachusetts (one...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 12-04-2018, 11:43 AM
Replies: 3,409
Views: 541,107
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

You could get pretty damn close to "true rapid transit" headways along the Fairmount Line with just electrification (which is easy, because South Station and Readville are already electrified), and...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-04-2018, 10:17 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 20,734
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Water

But the Quabbin is enormous, and it does a fantastic job of smoothing out the yo-yoing. When we had the worst drought in decades (?), the Quabbin remained at 80% capacity. And now after the...
Forum: Development Projects 12-04-2018, 10:08 AM
Replies: 4,263
Views: 735,190
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: The New Retail Thread

Amen.

We've forced these issues onto ourselves. An increase in liquor licenses would do SO much to revitalize Boston's eating and drinking scene. It really is that simple.

Hopefully the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-03-2018, 06:04 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 20,734
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Water

Globe: Heavy fall rain could cause trouble in spring...
Forum: Development Projects 12-03-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 43,311
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Alexandra Hotel Renovation | 1769 Washington St | South End

The SW side (W on Washignton) is built to the lot line, the NW side (N on Mass Ave) is not. Note the NW side tower setback on, for example, PNF PDF pages 137 and 163.

But I agree that pulling the...
Forum: Development Projects 12-03-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 1,257
Views: 215,413
Posted By JumboBuc
Forum: Development Projects 12-03-2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 1,257
Views: 215,413
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Site in Hub top choice for a soccer stadium

Okay... but the Boston DPW only covers Boston. For the operational purposes of Boston's DPW it doesn't matter how urban Boston's neighbors are.
Forum: Development Projects 12-03-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 43,311
Posted By JumboBuc
Forum: Development Projects 11-30-2018, 01:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,763
Posted By JumboBuc
Forum: Design a Better Boston 11-30-2018, 10:42 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,373
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: Idea for fixing the housing shortage

Honestly: blame birth control.

The 1950s population had WAY more children (and stay-at-home moms) than today's population does. Even though our total population is lower than it once was, I...
Forum: General 11-29-2018, 05:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,783
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: State of boston public schools

The ramp parcels are also complicated by the ramps themselves eating up most of the ground floor and greatly complicating access. The Pike parcel bounded by Harrison and Washington has clean terra...
Forum: General 11-29-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,783
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: State of boston public schools

Right, like a school.
Forum: General 11-29-2018, 12:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,783
Posted By JumboBuc
Re: State of boston public schools

Globe: Big changes in store for Boston school buildings (https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/11/28/big-changes-store-for-boston-school-buildings/sGWf8hLt5Z2WsopOx0HByK/story.html)

I know it'll...
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