Recent content by Charlie_mta

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    City Hall Plaza Revamp | Government Center

    I lived through that time period as well (age 16 in 1966) and your assessment is spot on. As I recall there was virtually no opposition to these massive urban renewal projects in Boston, except of course from the people displaced who were summarily ignored and forgotten by the city government...
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    Fenway Center (One Kenmore) | Turnpike Parcel 7, Beacon Street | Fenway

    Gotta love that Soviet style.
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    Ode to Brutalism

    I've always liked Paul Rudolph's work. UMass Dartmouth is where I went to undergraduate school. I was there when the campus was only a couple of years old, and loved the feeling there, in large part due to the architecture and layout of the buildings. From the article you linked, this one...
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    Boston in Art

    Interesting, but it looks like the Waikiki beach waterfront to me.
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    Ode to Brutalism

    I agree, but also in the case of Brutalism, it's fortified bunker style was popular at the height of the cold war - the Cuban missile crisis in the early 60s. I don't think it's a coincidence that buildings which gave the appearance of being bomb resistant would be built during that era. I was...
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    North Washington St Bridge

    Thanks! Some good images in there.
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    North Washington St Bridge

    I think the rationale for eliminating the SB 93 to Tobin Bridge ramp was that traffic could take the I-93 SB Sullivan Square exit and go down Rutherford Ave to the onramp at City Square to the Tobin. That rationale was perfect when there was an overpass over Sullivan Square, since demolished...
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    New-build old-school buildings (evoking old styles)

    Looks very PoMo. I like it.
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    Biking the Boston 'Burbs (Trails, MDC, & Towns beyond Hubway area)

    I feel the same. Not to get political, but I see countries like China and others developing infrastructure, up to and including entire new cities, at a rapid pace, while here in the US it seems exceedingly difficult to get anything done. Hopefully soon we'll realize those other countries are...
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    Davis Square Lab | 231-249 Elm Street and Grove Street | Somerville

    Interesting. When I was a kid back in the 1950s/early 60s Davis Square was a major shopping center, with two large department stores, Parke Snow and Gorins, plus a Woolworths and a Grants. I grew up in North Cambridge and we would walk everywhere, to go to church, to do grocery shopping, and...
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    "Dirty Old Boston"

    Thanks for clarifying the name Statler Hilton. For some reason I had Sheraton Hilton stuck in my mind.
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    West Cambridge / Alewife Area Infill & Small Developments

    The fad of using for exterior panels these weird interior decoration colors from the 1970s, colors that everyone used to make fun of, is a bit strange. To me it's just a visual gimmick to try to liven up a boring building.
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    Flickr Finds & Social Media Pics

    The revamped City Hall Plaza looks like an amusement park, but I'm hoping it will better serve the public than what was there before.
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    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    Looking at Google maps aerial view, like you say Washington St is narrow north of W Roxbury Pkwy, with only one lane each way of general traffic, plus parking on both sides. IMO it would be politically difficult to eliminate all the on-street parking in order to fit in the center-running...
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    Davis Square Lab | 231-249 Elm Street and Grove Street | Somerville

    Thinking way outside the box, but just as there is often a requirement for low-income units in new housing developments, how about a city requirement for lower rent on some of the ground floor retail units? This would enable more variety in retail tenants.