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    Omni Hotel @ BCEC | Summer St | Seaport

    Not bad at all! We've come a long way from the Westin, thank God!
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    Seaport Neighborhood - Infill and Discussion

    Of course we can. But — following their example — let's do it with flowers, not weeds.
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    kz does San Diego and LA

    I take it people don't do that anymore? The transience of consumer culture is so depressing... I'm sure in 1989 people thought wine spritzers, linen pants and pasta salad were what made life worth living. I guess for the moment it's artisanal beer and avocado toast (if that's still a thing)...
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    Amazon Office Tower I | 111 Harbor Way (Seaport Square Parcel L4) | Seaport

    I recently commented on the sad state of Boston street trees in another thread, so I'm also impressed by the quality of the trees being planted here. Regretably, nice as they are, they bring up my other big complaint about the types of trees being planted in Boston. For me a major function of...
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    Seaport Neighborhood - Infill and Discussion

    Wow! Despite all the stuff that's been built there's still tons of space left to build on. Hopefully the area's development trajectory continues far into the future.
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    Pinnacle at Central Wharf (Harbor Garage) | 70 East India Row | Waterfront | Downtown

    This is starting to look like the campaign(s) that killed Columbus Center. I wonder who the Ned Flaherty behind this initiative is. If whoever it is does manage to kill the project, aB should add a "Ned Flaherty of the Year" category to the archBOSTON Awards to honor their preservation efforts...
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    "Dirty Old Boston"

    I've never heard the OL called the "Terror Train" before, but it sure scared the hell out of me when I rode it as a boy. There was one curve — I don't remember the location — where the train slowed down and started to tilt and I was always terrified it was going to topple over. On the other...
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    Kenmore Square North | 533-541 Commonwealth Ave | Fenway

    Hi LifeCoachMike, thanks for that detailed and informative explanation. I never realized trees lived such a hard life in Boston or that they created so many problems of their own. Maybe aB can start a campaign to persuade the city to offer tax breaks and other incentives to the biotech companies...
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    Kenmore Square North | 533-541 Commonwealth Ave | Fenway

    aB probably doesn't draw many arborists, but if anyone can explain why it is that prominent Boston streets are blessed with an overabundance of puny little trees that are always 1/3 struggling, 1/3 dying and 1/3 dead I'd really appreciate it. For me the very best thing about the BPL renovation...
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    "Dirty Old Boston"

    What exactly is the point of that? Does anyone actually like it? When I worked for Wellington at 75 State the entrance foyer to my floor — and even more so a specific conference room — always made me feel like I was in a morgue.
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    Pinnacle at Central Wharf (Harbor Garage) | 70 East India Row | Waterfront | Downtown

    Just wanted to add that my original post I intrepreted the phrase "secondary cities" in the usual sense, but as KentXie pointed out, what they're really talking about is secondary airports, so the post was off the rails right from the start. Airport metrics/rankings are something I don't know...
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    Pinnacle at Central Wharf (Harbor Garage) | 70 East India Row | Waterfront | Downtown

    That's pretty much it, with the caveat that the Bloomberg article is about American cities and in my post I was talking about the average American. Said person probably doesn't make it a point to keep track of the GDP of American cities, much less foreign ones, and the Boston metrics and...
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    Pinnacle at Central Wharf (Harbor Garage) | 70 East India Row | Waterfront | Downtown

    Thanks for pointing that out. I remembered and interpreted the article in the context of this discussion, but your interpretation is most likely the correct one. I think my second point about the average American thinking of Boston as this country's Venice is generally valid though.
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    Pinnacle at Central Wharf (Harbor Garage) | 70 East India Row | Waterfront | Downtown

    If only that were true... 😟 My impression is that the average American's idea of Boston is of a provincial city whose claim to fame is its role in the Revolution. The more educated members of the public may also include the abolitionist movement or that it was once known as the Athens of...
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    Parcel 25 | Kneeland St | Chinatown

    Question for you Henry: which way do you think the playing field is tilted for Obama's daughter's vis-a-vis the white children of a West Virginia coal miner? Sasha: Daddy, why do we have to live in Martha's Vineyard? Why can't we live in a trailer park? Barack (looking away in anger and...

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