Recent content by MjolnirMan

  1. MjolnirMan

    Bowker Overpass replacement?

    Forgive me if I'm missing it, but it looks like even with the much more preferential light conditions of the higher viaduct, as well as more pleasant adjacent conditions lacking major roads (like Charlesgate E/W, Comm Ave, Beacon, Storrow onramps), the entire area under the viaduct is dedicated...
  2. MjolnirMan

    Parcel P-12 | 286-290 Tremont St | Chinatown

    If anything, they're likely to expand it like in the last bid. Despite that garage and the one across the Pike at Herald St., Tufts feels under extreme parking pressure for staff and patients. For instance, they are the primary user of the current surface parking lot on nearby Parcel R-1...
  3. MjolnirMan

    Parcel 12 | Massachusetts Avenue at Boylston Street | Back Bay

    Hell if they could pull off Columbus Center I'd be okay with naming rights. "Samuels City"
  4. MjolnirMan

    Bowker Overpass replacement?

    I thought the discussion happened in this thread but it was actually the WOOP/Kenmore thread - something like this has actually been studied officially and unofficially and I think could be very viable:
  5. MjolnirMan

    Bowker Overpass replacement?

    While these are all big improvements, I think this image with the "ghost Bowker" is somewhat misleading and implies a total removal of the viaduct between Newbury St. and Storrow - which, if you scroll up and back in this thread, is absolutely realistic by diverting to Charlesgate East and West...
  6. MjolnirMan

    Stadium & Riverwalk | Tidewater Landing | Pawtucket

    I agree with everything Lrfox said, with the addition that distance from the Van Wickle gates means very little from a practical perspective. The stadium is less than 3000 feet from all the main athletic fields and is easily walkable for many students by being centrally located in the...
  7. MjolnirMan

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    If viaduct width is a concern, you could take even more inspiration from Fallout, and existing commuter trains could be modified to be dual conventional and overhead monorail like the Wuppertaler Schwebebahn, and switch modes during the transfer (precedent exists at Silver Line Way with the...
  8. MjolnirMan

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    This is a ridiculous suggestion. The grade change would either be too steep or require unreasonably long ramps on either end as you outline. The obvious solution is something similar to the Falkirk Wheel, where trains pull into South Station, are lifted on rails to the elevated viaduct above the...
  9. MjolnirMan

    View Boston (Observatory) | Prudential Tower | Back Bay

    Sadly, the Hancock observation deck was brought to the attention of then-Mayor Walsh in a 2014 Reddit AMA and nothing ever came of it. A social media connection recently posted some selfies from some kind of site visit to the outdoor roof deck component (obscured to protect privacy).
  10. MjolnirMan

    Providence developments

    Are you talking about Brown lot #81? (from the master Parking Map document): Other compelling candidates (IMO) would be combining the lots of 108 and 105N between the Laboratories for Molecular Medicine building (70 Ship) and the Medical School (222 Richmond), or the combination of 200 Dyer...
  11. MjolnirMan

    South Station Tower | South Station Air Rights | Downtown

    I believe the door to the right of the image you posted is leading to either the stairs or elevator to the expanded bus platform above (purple "islands" near the center of this image):
  12. MjolnirMan

    Providence RIPTA Services

    RIPTA is planning to update the East Side Transit Tunnel and are doing some surveys based on their ideas. It looks like a couple of the designs for the west portal incorporate a bidirectional bus corridor on Washington Place heading towards Kennedy Plaza Site...
  13. MjolnirMan

    Josiah Quincy Upper School | 900 Washington Street | Chinatown

    I want to try to clarify what we're discussing here - is it that presence of the I-90 highway is the MINORITY CONTRIBUTOR to Chinatown air pollution or that it is NOT AN ADDED HARM to the Chinatown community beyond the surface roads? The former may have some scientific backing in that the trench...
  14. MjolnirMan

    General Infrastructure

    This is maddening. I have noticed the horrible condition of every single light fixture's anchor point every time I've crossed this bridge, and even pointed it out to people I'm walking with as a fun bit of trivia about the role of metals in concrete decay, noting with some horror how such a new...
  15. MjolnirMan

    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    Did my annual follow-up with RIDOT about the December 2020 plan to cross-honor Zone 8 MBTA passes on Amtrak NER between BOS-PVD. In December 2020, they said: And they envisioned this happening quickly despite the pandemic: However, in December 2021, they replied: Amtrak service levels on...