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datadyne007

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I stumbled across this site accidentally today... it's a must see. It essentially is a log of all major construction projects in Boston (& other cities) and even has a countdown timer to expected completion date! It logs $ value, sq ft, height, approval status, dates, etc. Also has insight charts as to what developments have the highest $ value & square footage.

http://www.bldup.com/
http://www.bldup.com/places/boston/

Example: Millennium Tower - http://www.bldup.com/projects/millennium-tower-burnham-building/
(the render on this one seems to be stretched, but other projects have really great renders)
 
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He's on twitter a lot, and I went on one of his tours once.
 

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I went to his very first tour, and he did great. AFAIK he does not post publicly on archBoston or RailRoad.net, but can confirm he's very active on Twitter.
 

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OpenRailwayMap is pretty cool. It's Open Streets Maps data that has been rendered into custom tiles that emphasize rail routes, both existing and abandoned. Data is best in Germany where it includes speed and signal info, but still pretty good for the Boston area. And of course since it's OSM you can fix anything that's wrong or add anything that's missing.
 

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I didn't want to derail the harbor garage thread any further, so if there are those who are wondering what the Aquarium or any other officials at the city's non-profit organizations make, the below Website is a very good research.

http://foundationcenter.org/

Of course, the financial records of all non-profit organizations are subject to public inspection and scrutiny. This includes the salaries of key employees.

Here is the Aquarium's filing for the 2014 tax year. Obviously, the 2015 tax year's records are not available yet as we have not reached the filing deadline.

http://990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/042/042297514/042297514_201412_990.pdf
 

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Good video game, in this case:

Block'hood
Early Release on Steam & GOG

Info: http://www.plethora-project.com/blockhood/

ENVISION YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Consider what Blocks are necessary for your neighborhood to thrive. There are no boundaries of what you can create! Block'hood has a library of 96 blocks currently, and we are adding more constantly.


GENERATE ABUNDANT RESOURCES

Each Block you create has Inputs and Outputs. For Example, a tree might need water to create oxygen, and a shop might need consumers to create money. By understanding how each block is dependent on other blocks, you can create a productive network. Make sure to optimize your production and generate abundant resources. The game has 20+ resources that are specific to every block, so the amount of relations are enormous!


AVOID DECAY - FIGHT ENTROPY

If Blocks don't get the inputs they need, they will decay over time. Slowly becoming abandoned or being destroyed. Once a Block is abandoned or destroyed, you will have to remove it and avoid it from making other blocks decay further. Be careful... seeking an utopian neighborhood carelessly, can lead to dystopia.


ONGROWING LIBRARY OF BLOCKS

Block'hood has been conceptualized as a collectible card game, where each block introduced to the game affects every other, creating new relations and rendering other blocks more beneficial or obsolete. Send us your suggestions and see your block become part of the game!





 

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What fast-loading sites do people like for tracking the T on their phone? Specifically, I'm looking for SITES to BOOKMARK rather than APPS to INSTALL, because I already have enough apps (Transit app and Google Maps are enough for general purpose transit-nav)


I like:
tracktheT.com (but it does not do the green line)
Why I like it: It is fast-loading and easy to bookmark. It reports all routes at a stop...it thinks in corridors even when the T does not (perfect example: both the 87 and 88 run from Lechmere to Davis. Track the T for the 87 from Lechmere also lets you see when the next of each is coming on a common interface.

https://mbtatrains.com/
I like this because it shows both where your train is and where it is projected to be. It is also fast, light and easy to bookmark.

I like the MBTA.com site's new maps, because they're easy to URL-hack (editing the url lets you pop from route to route without navigating)
https://www.mbta.com/schedules/80/line
https://www.mbta.com/schedules/87/line
https://www.mbta.com/schedules/88/line

For everything else, I use the Transit App
 

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Hey crew, I'm interested in knowing if there's a similar forum to this one for San Francisco? I really enjoy tracking construction projects but haven't been able to find an analogous site for SF. Thanks for any help!
 

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Hey crew, I'm interested in knowing if there's a similar forum to this one for San Francisco? I really enjoy tracking construction projects but haven't been able to find an analogous site for SF. Thanks for any help!
Maybe someone else knows about forums directly, but there are a number of sites/blogs that have a big focus on development and transportation:

  • SocketSite
  • Curbed SF (better content than Boston's, at least as of a few years ago)
  • Hoodline (more "UHub"-like than others)
  • Streetsblog SF (wish we had one here in Boston, tons of Bay Area transportation coverage)

and you should definitely pay attention to SPUR, an active urbanist non-profit.
 

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