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Forum: Development Projects Yesterday, 09:41 PM
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Re: Dorm Tower @ Emerson College | 1-3 Boylston Place | Downtown

The sidewalks are busier than they used to be in that part of town, but the irony is that for the joe public there is nowhere to go. It's more institutional, less accessible...
Forum: Development Projects Yesterday, 10:35 AM
Replies: 375
Views: 111,801
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Forum: Board Issues and Announcements 06-13-2019, 07:51 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 6,181
Posted By commuter guy
Re: archBOSTON Update: A New Dawn

I expect a user agreement and terms of use will be coming soon to archboston given it exists on the Toronto site. The issue that Beton Brut raises is that for some contributors retaining ownership...
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 05-16-2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,480
Posted By commuter guy
Re: Tracking affordable housing

Proposal to lift rent ceiling on portable section 8 vouchers:
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Forum: Development Projects 05-10-2019, 09:12 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,220
Posted By commuter guy
Re: Scape Student Housing | 1252-1268 Boylston Street | Fenway

Perhaps the decline of gay venues in Boston is just following overall local commercial gentrification trends. In Boston, dive bars/neighborhood taverns close up shop on a regular basis, strip clubs...
Forum: Development Projects 03-26-2019, 10:06 PM
Replies: 4,572
Views: 869,242
Posted By commuter guy
Re: The New Retail Thread

For Beton Brut and anyone else in the East Boston vicinity who may be interested:

https://www.boston.com/food/restaurants/2019/03/26/the-quiet-few-east-boston
Forum: General 03-19-2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 19,551
Posted By commuter guy
Re: The archBoston Meetup Thread

I'll try to make the meetup wherever it occurs, but my preference is downtown during the work week.
Forum: Development Projects 03-18-2019, 08:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,613
Posted By commuter guy
Re: The Whitney Hotel (née John Jeffries House) | 142-170 Charles Street | Beacon Hil

speculating here but this is probably within the historic landmark district with strict design review so perhaps higher quality materials were required leading to a better than usual outcome
Forum: Development Projects 02-14-2019, 09:41 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 21,628
Posted By commuter guy
Re: Amazon HQ2 selected - and not Boston

I'd say the Amazon debacle. I'll begin by stating I'm no fan of Amazon, which in some ways may be the 21st century walmart, and all the collateral damage it's left in it's wake. For many in the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-12-2019, 12:29 PM
Replies: 919
Views: 173,718
Posted By commuter guy
Re: General Infrastructure

Boston ranked worst city for traffic as per this study:

https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2019/02/12/boston-worst-traffic/

Globe has an article as well that may or may not be behind the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-07-2019, 10:40 PM
Replies: 6,139
Views: 892,321
Posted By commuter guy
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

I think it's fair for Keolis to take some blame for the conditions on the commuter rail during the parade. I tried unsuccessfully to get into work via train from about 8 to 8:30 a.m. I live on the...
Forum: Development Projects 01-04-2019, 06:24 PM
Replies: 4,572
Views: 869,242
Posted By commuter guy
Re: The New Retail Thread

I'm sad to see Durgin go, BTW I did have lunch there in the last 6 mos. The food was okay but 99/100 times I'd rather go to Clarks around the corner for a sit down lunch. At Durgin, the bar on the...
Forum: Development Projects 12-15-2018, 09:53 PM
Replies: 718
Views: 189,580
Posted By commuter guy
Re: Quaker Lane + Congress Square | Downtown

removing the ornate grill work etc. from the base of this building was like taking all the frosting off the cake (I believe a phrase once used by Robert Campbell).
Forum: Development Projects 12-05-2018, 09:04 PM
Replies: 4,572
Views: 869,242
Posted By commuter guy
Re: The New Retail Thread

cafes may come but are a ways off:

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2018/06/11/massachusetts-cannabis-cafes
Forum: Development Projects 12-02-2018, 09:51 PM
Replies: 4,572
Views: 869,242
Posted By commuter guy
Re: The New Retail Thread

I hate to raise the alarm, but the bar situation in central Boston is in such crises that the city is now at least at the Defcon 2 level. I blame the cost of liquor licenses in Boston; the whole city...
Forum: Development Projects 11-30-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 35,544
Posted By commuter guy
Forum: Development Projects 11-14-2018, 09:16 PM
Replies: 356
Views: 54,275
Posted By commuter guy
Re: Kenmore Square North

"BCDC gave it's approval"

I say BCDC needs to grow a pair...
Forum: Development Projects 08-30-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 955
Views: 167,959
Posted By commuter guy
Re: City Hall - Redevelopment - Preservation - Relocation

^ Your referring to the beer garden. Someone took pics and posted on one of the threads.
Forum: Development Projects 08-22-2018, 09:01 PM
Replies: 718
Views: 189,580
Posted By commuter guy
Re: Quaker Lane + Congress Square | Downtown

Taking away at what significantly makes the streetwall interesting, overall I'm happy to see the rehab of the buildings in this project, but the loss of the ornamentation is such a shame.
Forum: General 08-02-2018, 08:49 AM
Replies: 4,650
Views: 620,336
Posted By commuter guy
Re: Open Thread

It's a lot of driving, but may be a good fit for those with limited mobility:

Take a very scenic drive around Marblehead neck, Marblehead, then up the coast through Beverly Farms, Manchester by...
Forum: Development Projects 07-17-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 4,572
Views: 869,242
Posted By commuter guy
Re: The New Retail Thread

Over the years, I've observed that a group of people act differently depending on the atmosphere they are put into. By way of example, I'd go to happy hour with the work crew to an upscale place...
Forum: Development Projects 07-02-2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 4,572
Views: 869,242
Posted By commuter guy
Re: The New Retail Thread

Boston has taken baby steps to change the situation, but so much needs to be done to help local entrepreneurs without a large amount of capital backing. Increasing the availability of geographically...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-20-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 6,139
Views: 892,321
Posted By commuter guy
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

The problem is that they are too aggressively structuring the dynamic pricing model. I understand the rationale for raising rates at garages that are at 100% capacity.

However the problem is on...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-19-2018, 09:55 PM
Replies: 6,139
Views: 892,321
Posted By commuter guy
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

My 2 cents - in theory I like the idea of dynamic pricing but intuition tells me the mbta adjusted the thresholds so they could hide the reality that this is a fairly large cost increase for...
Forum: Development Projects 06-19-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 14,634
Posted By commuter guy
Re: North End Piazza on The Greenway | 198 Hanover Street | North End

I agree and also think it's a missed opportunity mostly because a larger building could have somewhat visually hemmed in the greenway in this neck of the woods. In this part of Boston the greenway...
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