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  1. HenryAlan

    A city without expressways, or with expressways

    It's a bit like if the South West Expressway had been built, then torn down with the ROW repurposed as a linear park and rail transit corridor. I'm glad we skipped the intermediate step. It would be great to have a system of similar travel/recreational corridors throughout Boston metro.
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Interesting, I didn't realize there were actual plans for Hyde Park Ave. Exciting if still true, now I'll need to do some googling for more details.
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    MBTA Red Line / Blue Line Connector

    I do recall the land fill issue, now that you mention it. But I think an elevated line above the ROW would also work just fine.
  4. HenryAlan

    MBTA Red Line / Blue Line Connector

    I've always pictured a Cambridge Blue Line extension travelling under the Grand Junction ROW, then off to Allston along the Worcester line ROW
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    Encore Boston Harbor Casino | 1 Broadway | Everett

    Well, I don't have COVID, but I suppose it is possible that my brain is filtering out an unpleasant stench. I do tend to notice as soon as I cross under the Tobin, that I can suddenly smell salt air, whereas I don't smell that at all the entire way between Broadway and that spot, so maybe my...
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    Encore Boston Harbor Casino | 1 Broadway | Everett

    Except that there really isn't. I ride through that area by bike a couple times a week, including the industrial stuff behind Broadway, and it smells just fine.
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    BU Data Sciences Center | 665 Commonwealth Avenue | BU Central

    Of course there are some similarities, just as there are some similarities between 200 Clarendon and Millennium Tower. Should we implode one of them?
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    It seems to me that simply reactivating the flat junction at Packards Corner, plus a mile of restored reservation on Brighton Ave. and Cambridge St. would be significantly easier for a St. Elizabeth's service.
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    The 65 could be really useful with more efficient operations, better frequency, and perhaps an extension to Oak Square. But none of that requires crazy transit level action, so the MBTA should get on this!
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    Harriet Tubman House | 566 Columbus Avenue | South End

    It's actually a reference to where the materials are addressed in building code. The height can vary, but the distinguishing feature regards use of type 1 materials on the first floor, and type 5 materials for additional floors. I do think there is a limit to just how many type 5 floors you can...
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    A city without expressways, or with expressways

    Yeah, let's see it! Works in progress are just fine if you ask me.
  12. HenryAlan

    Boston Easter Eggs

    Yeah, it took somebody else pointing it out for me, too. Apparently the artist knew the architect and had some inside info that caused him to include the not yet built tower.
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    MassDOT Rail: Springfield Hub (East-West, NNERI, Berkshires, CT-Valley-VT-Quebec)

    This is an interesting way to frame the question, and also applies to the New Bedford/Fall River service. Worcester does indeed demonstrate that a 90 minute train ride can attract quite a few passengers on a day to day basis. So if we look at Springfield or FR/NB on that same length or ride...
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    Boston Easter Eggs

    There's an anachronism of sorts in the bear cages frieze, which depicts the Custom House tower, emblematic of Boston. But note the date: 1912. Construction wouldn't begin on the tower for another year, and yet, there it is.
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    Biking in Boston

    Very exciting, gives me something to look forward to later this week when I'll be working out of the office!

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