Recent content by a_tortoise

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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    While the Grand Junction rail is a concern, a park over the Pike could take the approach of the Olympic Sculpture Park and create a slot in this location to eliminate head clearance issues. Furthermore, the elevation of the deck could slope up a few feet in the location where it would cross the...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    I think that there is approximately a 28' to 30' grade change between the plaza that faces Comm Ave and the parking lot below it shown in the attached photo, and the grade continues to drop between there and the river, so I expect that there would be enough clearance. There are many examples of...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    The at-grade option for the throat would be so much better if someone could convince BU to build an air-rights park over the Pike and Storrow Drive between Agannis Way and Buick Street. The park could connect seamlessly from the Charles River to the Comm Ave Level of the existing dormitories...
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    Harvard SEC (Science & Engineering Complex) | Western Ave | Allston

    I hereby christen thee the Harvard CGC (Cheese Grater Complex).
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    Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

    This seems like a huge improvement with respect to the massing. However, I hope that the city pushes back a bit and requires Millennium to eventually construct the 60 units that were eliminated as off-site affordable units at some point in the not-too-distant future.
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    Green Line Type 10 Procurement

    Will the Green Line Type 10 trains have the same power requirements as the Type 8 and 9 trains, or will their rollout trigger the need for upgrades to the power infrastructure along each branch?
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    Pinnacle at Central Wharf (Harbor Garage) | 70 East India Row | Waterfront | Downtown

    Ugh. What a mess. It screams “Our big fat Bostonian wedding cake”. The base articulation of the scheme is hopelessly out of scale, looks like a hangnail, and does nothing to activate the Greenway or the waterfront. This is a big step backwards for the skyline.
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    Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

    Re: 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District The massing would work much better if the Federal Street volume was shorter.
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    Nominations: ArchBoston best new developments 2013-2017

    The Bruce Bolling Municipal Building, Northeastern University ISEC, Maya Lin Novartis Building, Boston Public Library Renovation, Harvard Fogg Museum Renovation, MGH Museum.
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    The Boulevard (née The Times/Littlest Bar) | 110 Broad St | Downtown

    The Greenway needs buildings of this size and scale in the area around Hanover Street and the North End Park. This height works very well with the scale of the Greenway, and it defines a strong and coherent street wall, something which is sadly missing in the North End portion of the Greenway.
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    Seaport Transportation

    The T should construct a surface BRT loop in the Seaport district and South Boston to improve transit in the area. The loop could run from South Station on Summer St into the Seaport District and connect to East and West Broadway in South Boston. It could then run into the South End on 4th...