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Old 06-21-2013, 08:22 AM   #441
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630-32 E. Second 6/20 (not sure how you get into your garage. very narrow driveway)
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:24 AM   #442
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:26 AM   #443
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Now for some new stuff:

Corner of P and E. Second March 2013

Now two projects in progress.

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881-83 E. Second 6/20 (site being prep'd for foundation)
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:34 AM   #444
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Also new. Just down the street.

860 E. Second 6/20 (foundation in place no action at site)
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:37 AM   #445
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AND this.


41 W Second 6/20 (Steel frame up) 22-26 W.Broadway future project in background.
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:41 AM   #446
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The BRA just approved to add 3 floors of residences onto this industrial. Ground floor will be some kind of Community Ctr.

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Old 06-21-2013, 08:44 AM   #447
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AND finally'

345 D Str. 6/20 (pile driver working site)
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:41 AM   #448
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Thanks for these shots BeeLine!

The amount of small, off-the-radar development in South Boston blows my mind. It's as if there was no housing crash or hangover. Totally the wild-west of residential development in Boston.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:51 AM   #449
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So what's behind the residential Southie boom? It makes me wonder why areas with a similar mix of light industrial and triple deckas aren't experiencing this (e.g. North Allston and Brighton, parts of Charlestown, etc.)

Is it a particularly good location for yuppies? Not all of these sites are even greatly T accessible, although I'm sure being easy biking/walking distance of the Seaport, Financial District and South End doesn't hurt.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:17 AM   #450
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A lot of this is pretty surprisingly nice-looking. Additionally much/most of it is highly dense/urban, small footprints, and oftentimes appears to be infill. Could Southie be ... the best neighbhorhood in the city for residential development right now? I haven't really been by in person much, so that's really a question.

If so, what is resulting in what looks like a pretty good neighborhood? Is it the fact that everything is brownfield/infill and therefore the city can't simply give away massive blocks to one single developer a la the Bulfinch Triangle or Seaport? But then again, a developer could buy out lots of people and build block-killing gargantuo-structures. Is it that the neighbors are always ready to fight against large-scale development? Something else?
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:36 AM   #451
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when i first saw this i though, "Woah. What's that new monument for?" then i wised up...
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:05 AM   #452
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A lot of this is pretty surprisingly nice-looking. Additionally much/most of it is highly dense/urban, small footprints, and oftentimes appears to be infill. Could Southie be ... the best neighbhorhood in the city for residential development right now? I haven't really been by in person much, so that's really a question.

If so, what is resulting in what looks like a pretty good neighborhood? Is it the fact that everything is brownfield/infill and therefore the city can't simply give away massive blocks to one single developer a la the Bulfinch Triangle or Seaport? But then again, a developer could buy out lots of people and build block-killing gargantuo-structures. Is it that the neighbors are always ready to fight against large-scale development? Something else?
For the sheer amount of development, I think the answer is yes. But if you go back a few pages on this thread you'll find some really shitty looking buildings that have gone up. That said, I agree most of it looks good and encourages density.

I think part of the explanation goes like this: Whitey-era ended, neighborhood is now open to outsiders, very safe and closely integrated to downtown like, say, Charlestown. Unlike Charlestown there is a lot more space and the housing projects are located in two areas, so if you don't like living near projects you don't have to in South Boston. I think it's tricky to pull that off in C-town. (People think about these things when they choose where to live.)

Transportation links are great. You have Andrew Sq, Broadway and South Station (latter for the Fort Point residents). You have buses that bring commuters from City Point to Back Bay. Silver Line in Seaport.

Also, in my experience there are very little NIMBYS and those that do exist Menino could care less for. Do you think the Macallen could have been built in most other Boston neighborhoods? I actually don't.

Finally, it's too expensive for most people in their mid-to-late 20s to live in Beacon Hill or Back Bay or even South End. South Boston is a good alternative price-wise plus the housing stock is probably better than those other neighborhoods, rental-wise, save for the Back Bay. You can also park more easily. Oh and there are beaches.

Gentrification seems to have an ever-intensifying knock-on effect. From 2000-2004 people really started to catch on to what was going in the South End. I think South Boston is hitting a similar inflection point, but for a different crowd.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:33 PM   #453
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BeeLine, you are one hell of a resource! I live in another part of the country, but, I am so up-to-date on Boston construction with you clicking away. Nice, sharp pictures, btw. Thanks.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:10 PM   #454
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So what's behind the residential Southie boom? It makes me wonder why areas with a similar mix of light industrial and triple deckas aren't experiencing this (e.g. North Allston and Brighton, parts of Charlestown, etc.)
Proximity to Boston and price (cheaper psf than the close areas of Charlestown). Also, I would argue that Broadway is a much better retail strip than any main road in Charlestown.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:19 PM   #455
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BeeLine, you are one hell of a resource! I live in another part of the country, but, I am so up-to-date on Boston construction with you clicking away. Nice, sharp pictures, btw. Thanks.
I second this statement.
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:33 PM   #456
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The amazing thing about all this is that it's all being done in the same 1840s-style vernacular, even down to the random intermixing of wood and brick buildings.

Would've preferred brick and brownstone only, but not complaining about this relative to the Seaport.
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:04 AM   #457
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I think this is pretty cool. Shame they couldn't rehab the headhouse for the station, though.
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:06 AM   #458
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I think this is pretty cool. Shame they couldn't rehab the headhouse for the station, though.
That's a missed opportunity. They didn't integrate the station into the building well at all...
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:32 AM   #459
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IIRC, they wanted to redo the whole thing, but the T (being the T) said no.
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Proximity to Boston and price (cheaper psf than the close areas of Charlestown). Also, I would argue that Broadway is a much better retail strip than any main road in Charlestown.
Your probably right about Broadway retail vs. Charlestown's, but that's not saying much. Broadway is miles behind in terms of keeping up with the development boom. It is still very shitty in most areas. Nail salons, crappy pizza and realty companies make up 90% of the commercial tenants.
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