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Old 04-05-2017, 01:11 AM   #1
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Framingham, MA

"The town of Framingham will now be known as the city of Framingham.

After years of debate and unsuccessful attempts to change the town meeting form of government, residents voted Tuesday to become a city by a narrow margin.

The vote was 5,684 in favor, to 5,579 against the change, a difference of just 105 votes.

About 28 percent of the town’s 39,910 registered voters turned out for the annual town election, officials said"

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/20...AAO/story.html
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Old 04-05-2017, 01:25 AM   #2
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"The Framingham Downtown Study was a multi-disciplinary project, which studied the transportation, urban design and economic development implications of traffic improvement strategies for Framingham’s Downtown including the area near the MBTA commuter rail station. The purpose was to develop a plan that would relieve the existing debilitating vehicular congestion in Downtown Framingham, while simultaneously preserving and enhancing the historic urban design characteristics and creating new economic revitalization opportunities. The plan unlocks changes in land use and development by untangling the intersection of Route 126, Route 135 and an at-grade commuter and freight rail line. It provides an increased focus on dense, transit-oriented development opportunities while setting the framework for new development throughout the balance of the Downtown, composed to reinforce the traditional urban scale and fabric."





Looks like they're eliminating at grade crossings, which will be an extreme improvement. That along with an extremely large commitment to revitalizing the core downtown area with transit oriented housing and office space is going to be the future of Boston city/suburbs.

Think of how many cars are off the road if 70,000 people in a heavily commuter city like this builds a ton of transit oriented housing. This makes Boston bigger because from the now thriving downtown of framingham with the bus service to the mall, shoppers world etc... from the train station, you can hop the (hopefully electrified at this point) commuter rail and be downtown Boston in 30-40 minutes. These are reasonable times in some NYC boroughs...

Thats completely reasonable commuting times for being within a cities grasp and if many of the spoke cities around Boston get better transit oriented housing and an uptick commuter rail frequency the metro becomes better because of it. Especially if we can get a lot of affordable housing in these areas which have cheaper land value.
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Old 04-05-2017, 01:28 AM   #3
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Housing going up within 10 minutes of commuter rail station.



http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/ne...own-framingham
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Old 04-05-2017, 01:30 AM   #4
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Old 04-05-2017, 09:47 PM   #5
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I do the Worcester <-> Boston CR often and every time I go through Framingham I feel like it's oozing potential. More downtown housing and it could become a very very attractive commuter city to Boston.
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Old 04-08-2017, 06:52 PM   #6
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Agreed, give them express trains, lots of transit oriented housing, and you immediately have a major feeder city for the workforce that can stay off of the highways and give people a chance to survive with lower rents than boston.
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Old 04-09-2017, 11:55 AM   #7
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I do the Worcester <-> Boston CR often and every time I go through Framingham I feel like it's oozing potential. More downtown housing and it could become a very very attractive commuter city to Boston.
It's close to Boston and it's affordable. It's also a traffic nightmare around there so the train is a very good option... although the commute times, in an absolute sense, are disappointing — why does it take ~52 minutes by train to get to South Station? Anyway, good to see development and hopefully the recent political change from a town to a city (everyone saw that?) will allow more streamlined development.
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Old 04-09-2017, 04:13 PM   #8
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I'm skeptical.

- The express train in theory would only take 40 minutes to South Station; but that doesn't account for the frequent delays. The Worcester line is by far the worst line in the entire MBTA system, and you can assume that even in fair weather it's going to be 50+. And the express train doesn't run that often so any kind of transfer would be tough. Did I mention it's $300+ a month?
- The rent is still going to be high enough that the typical millennial who they might be trying to attract is going to need roommates; finding a roommate who also has a job near Back Bay or South Station is going to be hard. There are (at least for now) some decent employers in Framingham but I imagine anyone working at one would rather live somewhere nicer or cheaper.
- You're still going to need a car. It's a bit of a food desert there surrounded by an oasis. Market Basket to the south and Roche Bros to the east is pretty close but probably still too far. The Golden Triangle has plenty of restaurants and shopping but that's about it and also far enough that you would need a car. There is a local bus system but I imagine it's half baked.
- It's kind of a nasty area and sort of dangerous.
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Old 04-10-2017, 11:26 PM   #9
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Im talking about living in framingham, with a car, but next to the commuter rail in transit oriented housing. You need a car to live in metro west. But housing is much cheaper and you could fit a lot of people around the station and thats a lot of workers than can leave the Boston housing stock/ surrounding inner suburbs. Framingham just became a city, and its a great place to raise a family, its cheaper, and most people that live there either work at bose, tjx, or drive to work in Boston. If they make the train more accessible and people are able to live closer to it it will be a viable option to take into Boston. As it is now people have to drive very far just to get to the station and traffic can get nasty so in many cases its quicker to drive to the pike onramp than to the train. This would be one of the perfect places to house a bunch of people that already commute to Boston everyday and find ways to keep a city of around 70 thousand people off the road.
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Old 06-23-2017, 06:43 PM   #10
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http://framingham.wickedlocal.com/ne...mt-wayte-plaza

Proposal for 240 apartments. Okay area but not very millennial friendly because you would need a car. About a mile from the CR station and a little less to Framingham State. Spot is zoned retail so may be difficult to get approval.
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Old 07-19-2017, 03:46 PM   #11
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The old shopping plaza in North Framingham that has sat idle for years is being turned into a multi use development.

163 apartments + retail at the corner of water st and edgell st.





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Old 05-20-2018, 10:59 AM   #12
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http://natick.wickedlocal.com/news/2...ollection-mall

Senior housing and a hotel being built on the site of a former Sams Club near the Natick Mall. I've been there and the grounds is rather isolated, so you probably could have built just about anything without much opposition. So the combination is a little strange. Very car centric area.
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