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The Inner Belt, NW Xway and SW Xway would today be traffic clogged nightmares. Besides, cancelling them freed up funds to build the Orange Line in the SW corridor, and the Red Line to Alewife. Also, the Inner Belt and NW Xway would have made most of Cambridge into another Dallas TX.

The City Hall Plaza proposal is okay, but doesn't go far enough, Tearing down the whole damn thing and redeveloping the entire GC area is what's needed.
 

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The Inner Belt, NW Xway and SW Xway would today be traffic clogged nightmares. Besides, cancelling them freed up funds to build the Orange Line in the SW corridor, and the Red Line to Alewife. Also, the Inner Belt and NW Xway would have made most of Cambridge into another Dallas TX.

The City Hall Plaza proposal is okay, but doesn't go far enough, Tearing down the whole damn thing and redeveloping the entire GC area is what's needed.
Wasn't the entire Braintree Line part of that funding, too?
 

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Wasn't the entire Braintree Line part of that funding, too?
The Quincy branch opened in 1971, but the expressways were cancelled in 1972, so the Quincy extension would not have been funded from the cancelled expressways. The extension to Braintree came later, in 1980, long past the time the surplus funding form the expressways would have been available.
 

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in the movie Love Story, on Jenny & Oliver's trip out of Boston to visit Oliver's parents,

there's a nice backdrop shot of Downtown, and you can see 1 Boston Pl u/c, topped out.
 

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Does anyone know why the Bulfinch area has so little trees? Usually when new developments go up they plant trees on the street, but on Haverhill st for example between 2 new developments there isnt a single tree on either sidewalk. For a road with no retail either it makes for a barren wasteland. When you walk around many other streets closeby as well theyre barren. What gives? The Seaport for example puts up trees at every new building... and pretty much everywhere else too but here.

This is a street with new development on both sides so it should have been automatic... it leads to a bigger issue at hand though.

“New York met its goal — two years early. Boston, however, has fallen woefully short. Not only has the city abandoned its goal for this decade, but it has barely kept up with tree mortality.”

“Between fiscal years 2008 and 2017, the city planted 9,809 street trees and removed 5,815 — a net gain of fewer than 4,000, city records show. While many more trees were planted on private property, which makes up about half of all land in Boston, the city’s canopy — the amount of leaves and branches from Allston to Mattapan — may have actually decreased.”
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/06/09/city-fails-promise-plant-trees/7QWlaMHDFuKjcVj7SxomTL/amp.html
 

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In a socialist leaning utopia like Boston, you're going to get an uneven distribution of political hotcakes & real syrup. They put up trees in the Seaport because there are nimby's to placate. They are slower to put up trees on our older, built out blocks because it's not an area deemed in urgent need of peasantry disarmament/pc enforcement.

in a few years, we'll see lots of trees at Central Wharf.

Has anyone posted about City Hall becoming more responsive to tree requests?

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Yea adding them to existing blocks isnt a priority but Haverhill st is flanked by 2 new condo buildings with not a tree added at ground level. Thats the weird part.
 

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Yea adding them to existing blocks isnt a priority but Haverhill st is flanked by 2 new condo buildings with not a tree added at ground level. Thats the weird part.
If you look at it on google earth there are actually trees a few floors up on the landing of The Victor. Also, that view highlights how much thinner Haverhill Street is compared to the ones on either side of it. It might be a case of either not having room for both trees and pedestrians, or not having enough overall sun for the trees to survive on that street.

Note that besides Canal Street and a smattering on Beverly, none of the other parallel roads in that area have trees.
 

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Yea I know they have trees on the garage that makes it even more annoying haha.
 

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Now that the west end is getting less crappy, why the hell is there still a jail on the downtown waterfront with a massive parking lot? Move that crap... anywhere. Rikers island closing got me thinking why the hell is our jail on absolute prime real estate, close that ish asap.
 

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Now that the west end is getting less crappy, why the hell is there still a jail on the downtown waterfront with a massive parking lot? Move that crap... anywhere. Rikers island closing got me thinking why the hell is our jail on absolute prime real estate, close that ish asap.
I mean, if there ever were a North Station expansion that would be where you'd put it.

Edit: Whoops mixing it up with 125 Nashua St.
 

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I was wondering if someone could point me in the direction of some news or documents about all the new lamp posts going up around town. Its clear to me that they are some type of integrated wireless tower lamp posts, possibly related to 5G? I saw a bunch going up in Downtown Crossing in February, a few more around town going up in March and now I'm seeing them on Huntington Ave. It would appear they are taking down old lightposts and replacing them with almost identical ones that include a tall pole on top and an electrical box at the bottom which implies micro cell tower to me. Any ideas?

 

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I was wondering if someone could point me in the direction of some news or documents about all the new lamp posts going up around town. Its clear to me that they are some type of integrated wireless tower lamp posts, possibly related to 5G? I saw a bunch going up in Downtown Crossing in February, a few more around town going up in March and now I'm seeing them on Huntington Ave. It would appear they are taking down old lightposts and replacing them with almost identical ones that include a tall pole on top and an electrical box at the bottom which implies micro cell tower to me. Any ideas?

Answered my own question: https://boston.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=968bcd0da75f44cca75298153b33ac7f
 

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I think this Ted talks with Kent Larson in Boston talking about how to make cities work for the future was great. These are the conversations that need to be happening since the majority of the worlds population is moving to urban areas. The part about how most city traffic is people looking for a parking spot is telling. Plus the ways in which the urban landscape is going to need to be utilized to work most efficiently for people and the ideas how and what we are doing right/wrong. The majority of people are moving to cities so first and foremost they have to be a place to live, instead of the place where a lot of people commute to work and some of us live. Anyways I thought he did a great job.

https://youtu.be/SM_hPk4rmMM
 

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I was watching a video about the voyager spacecraft and about the gold disk that nasa put on it that included pictures from earth and out of the couple pictures of cities included, Boston was one. I thought it was interesting to know that this most likely will be the longest lasting picture of Boston and Boston will technically be one of the cities that lasts longest in some form out of all cities past and future on Earth. The disk is solid gold and is predicted to last longer than the sun and earth both.



Theres 1 boston place, hows that for those of you who thinks it needs a reclad lol. Is it good enough now, now that we know its going to be the cladding aliens see if they exist lol.
 

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And our legacy will be a fuzzy photo of some ugly 1970s buildings.
Dammit.
 

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