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Old 07-15-2018, 02:40 PM   #61
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Old 07-15-2018, 02:53 PM   #62
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Re: Boston - Most Embarrassing Blight That Tourists See

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What are the most embarrassing blighted parcels that tourists see?

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1) Must be in a somewhat central location that tourists actually walk past (e.g. not an industrial ruin 6 miles from the city center)
2) Must be why-hasn't-this-been-solved-by-now sort of situation (e.g., the site actually has potential)
Just did an errand on Salem Street, and walked through throngs of touristos from Aquarium Station. How did I not think of this embarrassing parking lot until my companion and I had the misfortune to walk past it?
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Old 07-15-2018, 03:55 PM   #63
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Just did an errand on Salem Street, and walked through throngs of touristos from Aquarium Station. How did I not think of this embarrassing parking lot until my companion and I had the misfortune to walk past it?
I've always wondered why that hasn't been touched... Can't do anything big because of North End NIMBYS, but it is PRIME real estate.
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Old 07-15-2018, 09:19 PM   #64
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I've always wondered why that hasn't been touched... Can't do anything big because of North End NIMBYS, but it is PRIME real estate.
I thought it is owned by some state agency (Massport/MassDot?). Totally agree Prime real estate.
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Old 07-16-2018, 08:54 AM   #65
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^ I'm not 100% sure, but I think MassDOT (formerly the Turnpike Authority) owns the lot. It's presence across the street form the ramp parcel is absolutely deadening, a cigarette burn in the urban fabric.
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Old 07-16-2018, 04:21 PM   #66
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I thought it is owned by some state agency (Massport/MassDot?). Totally agree Prime real estate.
Boston's map of properties says it is owned by the BRA.
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^ I stand corrected. Thank you.
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Re: Boston - Most Embarrassing Blight That Tourists See

How about 'Boston - Most Embarrassing Blight That Tourists Smell'?

Walk the North End on a hot summer day and you can smell the sewer system. What specifically causes that? Is there an "easy" fix?
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Old Today, 08:34 AM   #69
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We just tell people that it is molasses from the great flood.
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