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    The Abbot Building | 1-30 Brattle St | Harvard Square | Cambridge

    The City of Cambridge will expand currently allowed construction activity in the City in four phases: Phase 1, beginning May 25, will add site safety prep work for projects previously permitted by Inspectional Services (ISD) and Public Works (DPW). Forthcoming amendments to the City’s Temporary...
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    Harvard SEC (Science & Engineering Complex) | Western Ave | Allston

    My two cents. The southern half of NU's ISEC looks great; the northern half not so much, rather banal. And the two halves aren't fully integrated architecturally; its as if the southern half is delicious looking frosting on an otherwise ordinary cake. Considering the whole, and viewing all...
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    COVID-19 in Boston

    The present governor took office in January 2019, and the state had a budget surplus of $21+ billion. https://calmatters.org/blogs/2019/01/newsom-california-spend-budget-surplus/ As for lockdowns, California was first; and seven Bay area counties went to lockdown before the state did...
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    COVID-19 in Boston

    Texas is running a big deficit, not only from the effects of the virus but also from the collapse of oil prices. Florida got $12 billion from 'big government' as a virus-related 'bailout' and Moody's last month suggested it may still be $10 billion short. As for Florida's reliance on tourism...
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    COVID-19 Impacts on Logan, MBTA, and Boston travel and tourism

    From the San Francisco Chronicle https://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Routes-SFO-shuts-terminal-China-flights-15161857.php
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    COVID-19 Impacts on Logan, MBTA, and Boston travel and tourism

    Amtrak suspending all Acela service. I believe all Keystone service is suspended. As the White House advised this evening that anyone who left NYC in the last 14 days should self-quarantine, there will now minuscule demand for trains to/from NYC.
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    COVID-19 in Boston

    The state has characterized construction workers as essential, and that they can continue working. According to the Globe,
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    COVID-19 in Boston

    Governor orders Stay-At-Home, starting tomorrow. Basically lasting two weeks. Nearly all construction projects will shut down (didn't see on a quick glance any exemptions for certain types of projects, e.g., residential).
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    COVID-19 in Boston

    Shortages of imported materials now affecting construction sites. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/business/coronavirus-construction.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage ^^^ Also, first signs of lenders backing out for projects not yet started.
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    COVID-19 in Boston

    Some construction is ongoing, in Boston. Projects on Massport land, transportation projects. Even in California which is on a statewide 'lockdown', residential construction is considered 'essential' and is continuing. Unless Baker orders a halt statewide, and reading between the lines in the...
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    COVID-19 Impacts on Logan, MBTA, and Boston travel and tourism

    Friday turnstile count at one of the MBTA subway stations, can't remember which, was down 48 percent from the previous Friday.
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    COVID-19 in Boston

    If the 1918 'Spanish flu' pandemic is an analog, there was a sharp contraction, followed by a sharp economic rebound in the final months of 1918. Without graphing it, it seems to have been like a 'V". Another possibility is that the giga-billion economic relief package being drafted will have...
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    COVID-19 in Boston

    In San Francisco, the city has de facto closed construction sites through the first week in April. Only businesses allowed to be open are grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, gas stations. Restaurants open for take out only. Five other Bay area counties will issue similar restrictions: Santa...
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    🔹 What's Happening With Project X?

    In San Francisco, the city has de facto closed construction sites through the first week in April. Only businesses allowed to be open are grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, gas stations. Restaurants open for take out only. Five other Bay area counties will issue similar restrictions: Santa...
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    COVID-19 Impacts on Logan, MBTA, and Boston travel and tourism

    Amtrak reducing frequencies to a Saturday frequency on the Northeast Corridor and Keystone services. That's a cut of about 35 percent.

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