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    Allston-Brighton Infill and Small Developments

    Ugh that's a tan turd right there.
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    In 2021, we should be shrinking or removing highways, not taking private land for them. There are much simpler solutions to BU giving up land and having to partially demolish buildings in order to preserve an 8 lane highway and 4 lane "parkway."
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    There really is no reason for the Mass Pike to be 8 lanes through the throat section. It's 6 lanes west of Newton Corner and 6 lanes east of Copley Square (as well as only 6 through lanes through the Allston interchange today), so those extra 2 lanes are really not providing much benefit. This...
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    South Boston Infill and Small Developments

    Lots of blank walls and garage doors due to minimum parking requirements. I guess it's not such a big deal if it's on a side street, but it's still not great.
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    Bay Village Apartment Tower | 212 Stuart St. | Bay Village

    Well... it's a building all right.
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    Jamaica Plain Infill and Small Developments

    Did you guys catch this? "They also agreed not to oppose Gold should he seek to redevelop the building now occupied by Turtle Swamp." Gold really has some nerve doesn't he? He's opposing all the development around him (he's also opposing the senior housing proposed next door) but uses a...
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    ACC/NU Residence Hall | 840 Columbus Ave | Northeastern University

    If the new dorms are too expensive and students are choosing cheaper off-campus housing instead, wouldn't NU have trouble filling the dorms and then have to lower the price?
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    Midtown Hotel Redevelopment | 220 Huntington Avenue | Back Bay

    I think all 3 of them are trying to do too much.
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    ACC/NU Residence Hall | 840 Columbus Ave | Northeastern University

    That stretch of Columbus is looking better and better because of Northeastern's development. And the vast majority of it hasn't displaced anything except for surface parking and abandoned lots. Also, Janey has now lost my vote. Good grief:
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    Seaport Neighborhood - Infill and Discussion

    Strong Towns is all about traditional development patterns and human-scaled buildings. I could see them having issues with the Seaport in that the building footprints are too large and it's being built essentially all at once. This means that the retail spaces will typically be large and have...
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    Fenway Center (One Kenmore) | Turnpike Parcel 7, Beacon Street | Fenway

    The thing about Brutalist architecture, though, is that at least I could tell that architects were trying to say something, even if I don't totally agree with what they were saying. With buildings today, I feel like the message is "we give up."
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    Fenway Center (One Kenmore) | Turnpike Parcel 7, Beacon Street | Fenway

    According to this map, Kenmore Square is already part of Fenway. http://www.bostonplans.org/getattachment/64c37bd1-21ac-4ec1-9e3b-5fdbcc135823/
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    Fenway Center (One Kenmore) | Turnpike Parcel 7, Beacon Street | Fenway

    In 60 years, will we hate 2020s architecture more or less than we hate most Brutalist architecture now?
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    Allston-Brighton Infill and Small Developments

    I really wish that modern architecture didn't shy away from strong cornice lines. It seems to try to downplay the top of the building and hope you don't notice it, but it just comes across as being disingenuous, especially when combined with the sunk penthouse level that's usually a lighter...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    The Big Dig also used custom built railings along the tunnel access walkways that ended up decapitating a motorcyclist, which were not only more dangerous but also more expensive than standard railings.

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