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Forum: Development Projects Yesterday, 11:11 AM
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Posted By fattony
Re: Encore Boston Harbor Casino | Everett

To me it seems more like Hill Valley in alternate 1985...
Forum: Design a Better Boston Yesterday, 10:53 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,149
Posted By fattony
Re: Boston Congestion Zone Charging

Paternalistic tax policy - taxes or fees on behaviors you want to discourage and (possibly) subsidizing behaviors you want to encourage - works really well because price incentives work really well....
Forum: Development Projects 09-21-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 79,787
Posted By fattony
Re: Development Map and Chart

Again, this is spot-on.
Forum: Development Projects 09-21-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 79,787
Posted By fattony
Re: Development Map and Chart

I don't have data to support this, but I suspect the exact opposite is true. I suspect that people making high incomes make up the vast majority of population growth in metro Boston, especially...
Forum: Development Projects 09-21-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 79,787
Posted By fattony
Re: Development Map and Chart

What makes a building luxury? What is a non-luxury building? That is a meaningless distinction, just marketing terms. Every new development from the Back Bay to Everett claims to be "luxury," but...
Forum: Development Projects 09-21-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 79,787
Posted By fattony
Re: Development Map and Chart

This is simply not how property taxes work.

Your taxes only go up if the city increases the levy (total taxes collected) and/or your home value went up faster than the other homes in your...
Forum: Development Projects 09-21-2018, 10:27 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 79,787
Posted By fattony
Re: Development Map and Chart

This, this, a thousand times, this.
Forum: Development Projects 09-21-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 79,787
Posted By fattony
Re: Development Map and Chart

Your argument is muddled because you are mixing causes and effects from two different groups.

New condos selling for high prices cannot drive out existing homeowners from their homes. They might...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 09-21-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 784
Views: 124,179
Posted By fattony
Re: General Infrastructure

Actually people usually do what they are told. They don't do what they are supposed to do when nobody is looking - like stop at stop signs or drive 25 mph or not park at the airport - but when...
Forum: Development Projects 09-21-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 79,787
Posted By fattony
Re: Development Map and Chart

I'm not a blind ideologist, but I do believe that market forces are natural, powerful, and dominate most economic behavior (though not all). I also believe that externalities are important reasons...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 09-21-2018, 08:51 AM
Replies: 784
Views: 124,179
Posted By fattony
Re: General Infrastructure

For one thing, you don't need state police to wave at people to "move along." They should be paying teenagers or 20-somethings $10 per hour and have a whole army of them moving traffic and giving...
Forum: Development Projects 09-20-2018, 04:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,649
Posted By fattony
Re: MXD II | 325 Main St. | Kendall Square

I meant all the balconies. You don't typically see balconies on office buildings. This seems to be a new trend developing. We've got it on both MXD buildings and on something in the Seaport (Pier 4,...
Forum: Development Projects 09-20-2018, 02:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,649
Posted By fattony
Re: MXD II | 325 Main St. | Kendall Square

This is a continued theme with this developer of providing lots of outdoor space in a commercial office building.
Forum: Development Projects 09-18-2018, 03:27 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,302
Posted By fattony
Re: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial | Boston Common | Downtown

The State House is barely obscured in this photo. With the way the bridge cantilevers out from the hill, this angle might even be the worst case. You are making a mountain out of a molehill.
Forum: Development Projects 09-18-2018, 03:07 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,302
Posted By fattony
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 09-12-2018, 12:39 PM
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Views: 93,388
Posted By fattony
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

Perhaps. It certainly does highlight a problem.

Perhaps Alewife is the wrong place for the great northern bus terminal. Maybe SOVs should pile into the Alewife garage while buses should route to...
Forum: Development Projects 09-12-2018, 09:08 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 10,239
Posted By fattony
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 09-10-2018, 08:55 AM
Replies: 1,242
Views: 189,995
Posted By fattony
Re: North-South Rail Link

Alright, let's put a pin this. Federal tax policy is interesting and has impact on NSRL, but let's try to only discuss what is directly relevant to NSRL and not the whole ideological big picture.
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 09-05-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,439
Posted By fattony
Re: New Yorkers want to move to Boston

I read this article (https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/08/the-cities-where-you-get-the-biggest-bang-for-your-buck/567496/) and it reminded me of this thread. If you scroll to near the end, they...
Forum: Development Projects 09-05-2018, 10:33 AM
Replies: 3,837
Views: 1,047,748
Posted By fattony
Re: Four Seasons Tower @ CSC | 1 Dalton Street | Back Bay

I don't know for sure, just spit-balling here. The top exposed floor is used for all sorts of stuff during construction (port-a-potty, office, staging materials and people) as the tower rises. Once...
Forum: Development Projects 09-04-2018, 11:42 AM
Replies: 339
Views: 64,411
Posted By fattony
Re: MIT East Campus - Kendall Square Gateway | Cambridge

Yes, one that is even further from Kendall square than the current station.

Lechmere is simply too far of a walk to Kendall (~1 mile to these new buildings on Main Street) to be an effective...
Forum: Development Projects 09-04-2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,631
Posted By fattony
Re: Union Square Redevelopment | Somerville

I like the busy/colorful motif as well.
Forum: Development Projects 09-04-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 339
Views: 64,411
Posted By fattony
Re: MIT East Campus - Kendall Square Gateway | Cambridge

There is so much happening on Main Street all at once on such a bigger scale than anything that has been there before. When this burst of development is done we are going to walk down Main Street...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 08-28-2018, 03:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 930
Posted By fattony
Re: What was Boston like in the [recent] past?

Really, an immigrant community adjacent to downtown Boston? Maybe through the 80's or so, but no longer by now.

I think it would be just like the cheaper end of Beacon Hill and most of the North...
Forum: Boston Architecture & Urbanism 08-24-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 13,286
Posted By fattony
Re: General Boston Discussion.

dshoost offered you a well documented, fact-based resource for estimating construction costs. You ignored him. If you ignore the facts, what is left?
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