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Old 05-31-2016, 01:48 PM   #141
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Re: Canvas - Mixed Use Tower (old Felt location) | 533 Washington St | Downtown Cross

Oh those comments are so good. So so so so good. My favorite part is that whenever there is a pro-development commenter, people accuse them of being a spy for a developer, or on the take somehow.

Are any of you guys Tosh33? He's very, very popular on that site.
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Old 05-31-2016, 02:06 PM   #142
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Oh those comments are so good. So so so so good. My favorite part is that whenever there is a pro-development commenter, people accuse them of being a spy for a developer, or on the take somehow.

Are any of you guys Tosh33? He's very, very popular on that site.
He's posted here before. I forget whether he used a different name or what, but someone has acknowledged on AB that they are Tosh33.

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It's Odurandina.
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Old 05-31-2016, 02:12 PM   #143
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^^ Thanks!
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Old 05-31-2016, 02:51 PM   #144
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i took a good whooping yesterday from the Globe nimby/s. i responded to one of my critics with an editorial on new story comparing Boston to San Francisco which is often done ad nauseum on City Data;

i used part from an old edit from last winter... scribbling it as quickly as i could before i clean up and head over to City Hall.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/20....html#comments

Oh, and check out this fine post from 'Parks Lover...' i brought up Bill McCabe because he's the most solid, visionary, absolutely incredible human being i've ever known (i'm understating). Nice response i got.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business...NUL/story.html
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Old 05-31-2016, 03:12 PM   #145
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Yea, ParksLover appears to be one of the main harassers on that site. Funny that he called you a "geezer with foggy thinking"...geezers usually aren't too pro-development as far as I know.
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Old 05-31-2016, 07:50 PM   #146
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And yet they manage to write in complete sentences with proper grammar, punctuation, and formatting. Try using a period.
Underground -- Didn't anyone learn you not to start a sentence with AND

OK -- Let's get back to discussing: the building; the DTX; the suroundings; its impact on shaddows; its impact on NIMBY's; etc. -- We can then relegate the comments about the skill or lack there-of in communicating via the written word to some other place.
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Old 06-25-2017, 10:24 PM   #147
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I cannot find this proposal anymore on the BPDA developments page for downtown but of course welcome anyone else to try to hopefully prove me wrong:

http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/...=dev&viewall=1

Poor proposal... it wasn't even able to make it to the two-year mark before (apparently?) dying the proverbial quiet unremarked death in the corner of the misguided development proposals room.
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Old 06-26-2017, 04:42 AM   #148
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this pdf is still up.... http://www.bostonplans.org/getattach...2-94f48ff31ef2

why is it a bad proposal? ...it's not a shadow maker (thanks to Tremont on the Common). in an election year it may get put aside for a minute, then reappear.
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Old 06-26-2017, 06:04 AM   #149
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this pdf is still up.... http://www.bostonplans.org/getattach...2-94f48ff31ef2

why is it a bad proposal? ...it's not a shadow maker (thanks to Tremont on the Common). in an election year it may get put aside for a minute, then reappear.
No bad per se, just terribly impractical in the face of the abutting theaters' extreme angst re: how it would disrupt their logistics. I just don't see how the developer can solve those issues...
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:30 PM   #150
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According to the bldup website permits have been pulled to remodel and add a floor to the existing building. No more 30 story tower.

http://www.bldup.com/projects/533-washington-st

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Old 03-14-2018, 12:03 AM   #151
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:24 AM   #152
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I consider this a win.

The "pencil tower" here was never going to happen. The existing building is a quality one, it just needs a little TLC; a renovation and one floor addition will be just that. The ground floor restaurant and upstairs co-working space will be a great use for this site and this building.

I'd much rather see tenants move in and the space be activated than watch such a prime location sit vacant in development hell for years.
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:51 AM   #153
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So sad.
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Old 03-14-2018, 03:42 AM   #154
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So sad we're keeping a pleasant and interesting facade, reactivating a portion of the street and not building a glass and steel monument to the rich with a private lobby nobody is allowed to use and is dead most of the day.
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:08 AM   #155
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Can you specify where you read that 171 Tremont is no longer happening? Is this one in the same?
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:09 AM   #156
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Can you specify where you read that 171 Tremont is no longer happening? Is this one in the same?
Not the same. This building is on Washington Street among the theatres.
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:20 AM   #157
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A reminder of what bit the dust.

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Old 03-14-2018, 08:29 AM   #158
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So sad we're keeping a pleasant and interesting facade, reactivating a portion of the street and not building a glass and steel monument to the rich with a private lobby nobody is allowed to use and is dead most of the day.
IIRC, developer not only wanted to preserve the existing Felt facade, but also wanted to include a 2-story restaurant, 2-3 additional floors of innovation office space, and then the residential tower... + 0 parking.

It was an excellent, ambitious proposal, particularly of note because the developer is only 28 years old. I was inspired, anyway.
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:32 AM   #159
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Eh, other projects by Rafi Properties have had good renderings and turned out not so great. See 124-126 Salem Street for instance. I'd rather a developer with a better track record and more experience.
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:48 AM   #160
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IIRC, developer not only wanted to preserve the existing Felt facade, but also wanted to include a 2-story restaurant, 2-3 additional floors of innovation office space, and then the residential tower... + 0 parking.

It was an excellent, ambitious proposal, particularly of note because the developer is only 28 years old. I was inspired, anyway.
My constructive take:

Boston needs outsiders / creative / ambitious / think-outside-the-box developers to break the monotony of this city's insider's club development scene of the past...oh...century.

That said, this proposal probably was never going to fly. Yet I appreciated its attempt.

Take-away: I hope that Rafi Properties learns from this, builds more experience about the Boston scene, then proposes something even better somewhere else in this city. In a sense, I'm rooting for this developer to not leave, but to stay, and try to break in with a great project.
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