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Old 11-23-2016, 09:32 AM   #4161
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Old 11-27-2016, 06:43 PM   #4162
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How much does zipcar pay a building for a parking spot?
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Old 11-29-2016, 11:17 AM   #4163
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U Mass just acquired a bunch of materials relating to the Columbia Point projects and its conversion into Harbor Point. They have two documentaries and were given the rights to post A Decent Place to Live by the author. See http://blogs.umb.edu/archives/2016/1...in-dorchester/ for the documentaries and the ebook.
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Old 11-30-2016, 12:11 PM   #4164
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Just an observation, besides the Liberty Mutual Building there haven't been any new office towers in Downtown/Back Bay constructed in a long time. Is the unreliability of the commuter rail to blame for this or is it a move towards more compact offices.
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Old 11-30-2016, 12:12 PM   #4165
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Just an observation, besides the Liberty Mutual Building there haven't been any new office towers in Downtown/Back Bay constructed in a long time. Is the unreliability of the commuter rail to blame for this or is it a move towards more compact offices.
888 Boylston. Also that new John Hancock HQ plan is on the horizon.
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Old 11-30-2016, 12:14 PM   #4166
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888 Boylston. Also that new John Hancock HQ plan is on the horizon.
Also the Seaport isn't exactly far from downtown.
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Old 11-30-2016, 12:17 PM   #4167
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Oh I forgot about 888 Boylston. Still it seems like more new offices are being built at the edge of the city (Seaport, Assembly, Boston Landing) or the burbs while more residential is being built in the city.

Still i'm crossing my fingers with the hope that One Congress gets built.
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Old 11-30-2016, 12:38 PM   #4168
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Just an observation, besides the Liberty Mutual Building there haven't been any new office towers in Downtown/Back Bay constructed in a long time. Is the unreliability of the commuter rail to blame for this or is it a move towards more compact offices.
Just the opposite(s), I think.

It's a move to large-footprint offices (to enable 'collaboration' and also to improve the ratio of desk space / vertical circ.) that requires large lots - there are a few of these in the 'city', mostly on the remaining areas of former rail yard (including seaport), and a lot of them in the suburb. ... but it means that looking for 'office towers' is the wrong game...think of converse at lovejoy...you could probably fit the footprint of 6+ prudential towers in the footprint of the converse building...its all about big floorplates today

And the 'unreliability' of the highways (i.e. reliably congested) is pushing firms to transit-accessible locations more than vice versa (although MBTA reliability is nevertheless a large and growing problem).
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Old 11-30-2016, 12:44 PM   #4169
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Oh I forgot about 888 Boylston. Still it seems like more new offices are being built at the edge of the city (Seaport, Assembly, Boston Landing) or the burbs while more residential is being built in the city.

Still i'm crossing my fingers with the hope that One Congress gets built.
Just read this tweet 3 hours ago too, heh.

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Old 11-30-2016, 02:43 PM   #4170
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Still it seems like more new offices are being built at the edge of the city (Seaport, Assembly, Boston Landing) or the burbs while more residential is being built in the city.
I see the trend as a very good thing. It means each area is becoming more mixed-use. Traditional commercial areas are gaining residents and new commercial areas are closer to existing residences. It diversifies each neighborhood such that more retail types work in each area. It also reshapes our transit network and commuting patterns, even if all the rails remain in the same places. Trains end up fuller in both directions through more of the day as people avoid downtown or commute THROUGH downtown instead of exclusively commuting TO downtown. Also, the more diversified/mixed-use each area is, the more people can walk to jobs, schools, and retail near their homes and we end up needing less transportation overall.
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Old 12-09-2016, 11:17 PM   #4171
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I laugh every time I walk by 53 Berkeley St.... One of the city's most historic cultural sites, and I don't mean its original incarnation as a U/U church.
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Old 12-10-2016, 07:40 PM   #4172
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I see the trend as a very good thing. It means each area is becoming more mixed-use. Traditional commercial areas are gaining residents and new commercial areas are closer to existing residences. It diversifies each neighborhood such that more retail types work in each area. It also reshapes our transit network and commuting patterns, even if all the rails remain in the same places. Trains end up fuller in both directions through more of the day as people avoid downtown or commute THROUGH downtown instead of exclusively commuting TO downtown. Also, the more diversified/mixed-use each area is, the more people can walk to jobs, schools, and retail near their homes and we end up needing less transportation overall.
That definitely is going to be good for the city and I agree 100% I just hope some cross city transportation methods arise out of this vs every train/road leading to downtown before it goes to where you need to be causing huge bottlenecks in downtown made up of a lot of people who dont even need to be there.
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Old 12-11-2016, 12:07 PM   #4173
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I laugh every time I walk by 53 Berkeley St.... One of the city's most historic cultural sites, and I don't mean its original incarnation as a U/U church.
http://www.punkblowfish.com/BostonTeaParty.html
Had no idea of the history of that building, despite walking by many times over the years
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Old 12-11-2016, 07:01 PM   #4174
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I don't mind because this thread is for discussing anything but it amuses me when y'all use this thread to discuss local architecture and urbanism. :-D
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Old 12-15-2016, 02:28 PM   #4175
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For those entertaining family for the Holidays in a fireplace-less abode:

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Old 12-15-2016, 11:40 PM   #4176
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The BPDA approved 7,800 units of housing in 2016, 1661 of these are affordable.
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Old 12-16-2016, 12:29 AM   #4177
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Ty,

i left before Dir Golden closed the meeting.

Any mention of total sq ft approved in 2016 (not counting rehab)?
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Old 12-16-2016, 12:37 AM   #4178
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14.7 million square feet according to BPDA's twitter account. I'm not sure if that includes rehab.
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Old 12-16-2016, 09:39 AM   #4179
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Thank you.
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Old 12-17-2016, 04:48 PM   #4180
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https://www.bostonglobe.com/business...XkK/story.html

Good n' sciency Globe feature on how MIT finally produced accurate depth maps of the Charles Basin.
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