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Old 09-30-2014, 10:51 PM   #3661
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What was on the lot where the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse now sits prior to it's construction?
Phase II of Paul Rudolph's State Services Center, including the 20+ story tower were intended for that site, but it wasn't to be. Instead, we got the Brooke, with an architectural language fitting Il Duce.

Damn it...
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Old 10-01-2014, 09:27 AM   #3662
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Just got back from 10 days riding the Underground and Metro (and Eurostar!!). Those headways...
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Old 10-07-2014, 03:11 PM   #3663
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I was looking at the City's parcel maps for some reason a few months ago and spotted quite a few places where you can see the remains of what is presumably the old, pre-urban renewal street grid and buildings. Click through for an imgur album I forgot to post:

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Old 10-24-2014, 10:57 AM   #3664
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Ugh, I'm like a lot of you in that I didn't know his situation was this bad... really sorry to hear about this:

Menino breaks off cancer treatment, seeks palliative care
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Old 10-24-2014, 03:14 PM   #3665
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Yea, I was sorry to see that yesterday. I hope this city shows him lot's of public displays of affection. Despite our quarrels with him on this board in regards to developments and what not, Boston loves him and he Boston. His spot in this cities history is indisputable, he most certainly has his own chapter in it.
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Old 10-24-2014, 03:37 PM   #3666
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Yea, I was sorry to see that yesterday. I hope this city shows him lot's of public displays of affection. Despite our quarrels with him on this board in regards to developments and what not, Boston loves him and he Boston. His spot in this cities history is indisputable, he most certainly has his own chapter in it.
Apparently the first thing he asked Mayor Walsh the other day when Walsh called him in the hospital was how the city was doing cleaning up from the Nor'easter. He cares so much about this city. That story really hit home for me.

http://www.universalhub.com/2014/eve...-worried-about
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Old 10-24-2014, 05:44 PM   #3667
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If you care for the man at all then I'd recommend setting aside a half hour to watch this. It shows him as he was running for his first council seat way back in '83 as well as shows he's always been himself, good ol' Tommy Mumbles. It's also a fascinating window into a Boston that's now mostly gone.

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Old 10-24-2014, 06:09 PM   #3668
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^ I've actually watched it a couple times.
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:26 PM   #3669
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Nice. I'd suggest everyone else do the same!
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:23 AM   #3670
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Berlin's public transit (BVG & S-Bahn) is having problems with its PoP system that we always aspire to on this board:

"Schwartzfahrer" (Riders without a ticket) are up 25% this year over last year. The fine for being caught will rise 50% from €40 to €60. S-Bahn has increased "Kontrolleure" (ticket inspectors) from 40 to 80. The BVG (U-Bahn/MetroBus/MetroTram) is increasing from 40 to 85-100.

http://www.energy.de/berlin/uebersic...n-bald-teurer/
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Old 10-31-2014, 12:54 PM   #3671
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Couldn't find an appropriate thread - MBTA FY2014 financials are out:

http://mbta.com/about_the_mbta/financials/?id=3482
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Old 10-31-2014, 02:09 PM   #3672
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Berlin's public transit (BVG & S-Bahn) is having problems with its PoP system that we always aspire to on this board:

"Schwartzfahrer" (Riders without a ticket) are up 25% this year over last year. The fine for being caught will rise 50% from €40 to €60. S-Bahn has increased "Kontrolleure" (ticket inspectors) from 40 to 80. The BVG (U-Bahn/MetroBus/MetroTram) is increasing from 40 to 85-100.

http://www.energy.de/berlin/uebersic...n-bald-teurer/
Missed this here in open thread.

What's the problem? The point of a PoP system is to react dynamically to changing conditions. If fare evasion is up by a quarter (remember, that's +25%, not absolute 25%, so that could mean going from 4% to 5%) then adjust the penalties and add more patrols. Moving right along...

If you think that PoP is supposed to achieve perfect, absolute, 100% compliance no questions asked, then you don't understand how these things work. Heck, nothing achieves 100% compliance in the real world. That's just insane...
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Old 10-31-2014, 02:22 PM   #3673
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Not expecting 100% compliance. Just pointing out that they perhaps sat on a low penalty & enforcement for too long. Like you said, you have to react dynamically.

Berlin's transit actually has much larger problems right now with striking causing massive delays.
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Old 11-13-2014, 10:15 AM   #3674
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In case anyone wonders why London is building subways so much faster (and more cheaply) than US cities, here's what a resident association of abutters to the Northern Line extension to Battersea had to say. They start by
giving an honest description of the project and its benefits:

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The Government is planning to build an extension of the Northern Line from Kennington to Battersea Power Station via Nine Elms.

This project is part of the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, which will see the transformation of 195 hectares of land along the river between Lambeth and Bridge and Battersea Park, and the creation of 16,000 homes and up to 25,000 jobs over the next 20 years.
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Tunnelling work will go under our estate and permanent shafts to provide ventilation, cooling and emergency access are planned near Kennington Green and in the old Lodge on the other side of Kennington Park.
And they arranged meetings to ask for reasonable mitigation measures, and seem very pleased with them:

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The shaft at Kennington Green will be very close to Sherwin House and residents’ concerns about traffic, noise and pollution during building works were spelt out to the Lambeth Council transport planning officer who attended our February meeting. He said that the Council intended to restrict works’ lorries to the major roads in the area and that they would be banned from using any side streets. We will be holding them to that commitment!

As well as our concerns about the effects of the work at Kennington Green, we also made it clear that we would expect TFL to carry out full surveys of our estate before any tunnelling takes place, given the seventy-odd years of vibrations from the tube our foundations have been subjected to.
That's how the public process is supposed to work - a recognition that the ultimate goal is compromise to produce results that benefit everyone.
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Old 11-13-2014, 10:24 AM   #3675
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Since when is London known for building subways cheaply?

I guess doing it more cheaply than NYC is something, but not much of an accomplishment, since every city in the world does it more cheaply than NYC.

London is not far behind NYC in cost.
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Old 11-14-2014, 10:14 PM   #3676
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From Reddit. Why it's not ok for streets to belong only to high-speed vehicles:

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Old 11-15-2014, 11:22 PM   #3677
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Makes me think of the old hardware store on High Street.

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Old 11-16-2014, 04:59 AM   #3678
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Do these people not know how the internet works?
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:48 PM   #3679
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That comic just about sums up my (low) opinion of architects.
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