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  1. Charlie_mta

    Bulfinch Crossing | Congress Street Garage | West End

    That beast refuses to die.
  2. Charlie_mta

    The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

    Wow, the Verizon Building looks great in those photos. It seems that the three stages of acceptance of the Verizon Tower for me have been: 1. Initial shock: Wow, that render is terrible. What are they thinking with this? 2. "Storming": Well, the completed building looks better than the...
  3. Charlie_mta

    Kendall/MIT Infill and Small Developments

    Because it's a "Brutalist concrete tower" as the site described it? I'm probably reading too much into that statement, but it seems there is a bias there.
  4. Charlie_mta

    MBTA Red Line / Blue Line Connector

    I'd rather see that extra $ billion spent on BLX to Lynn. Kendall is already served by the Red Line.
  5. Charlie_mta

    MBTA Red Line / Blue Line Connector

    I think there's a fire station whose access would be blocked by the part of the viaduct ramping down to the tunnel portal.
  6. Charlie_mta

    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Good points. North Cambridge probably has more single family or duplex units with yards than east Somerville/Cambridge. I can't blame a young family for wanting a yard. I didn't grow up with one, but I did have one when my wife and I were raising our three kids, and it is a plus.
  7. Charlie_mta

    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Somerville isn't Manhattan, and it's really a nice residential area to raise a family, similar to North Cambridge where I grew up.
  8. Charlie_mta

    MBTA Red Line / Blue Line Connector

    It also includes a station and two stub tracks. The original narrow Cambridge Street is really old, and it was widened to more than double its original width in the 1920s. So the utilities have to be a mess.
  9. Charlie_mta

    "Dirty Old Boston"

    Looks like it might have been taken from the old Travelers Building, where I worked in the 1960s.
  10. Charlie_mta

    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    I agree. It is narrower than ideal, but after all, a commuter rail line, a light rail line, plus the community path were all shoe-horned into a space that heretofore had only a commuter rail line.
  11. Charlie_mta

    Bowker Overpass replacement?

    I guess I'm tired of the "car is king" paradigm, and that every road or overpass that now exists has to be preserved. In 1970 a whole network of proposed expressways - in and around Boston that traffic engineers absolutely swore were essential - was suddenly and unilaterally cancelled by...
  12. Charlie_mta

    Bowker Overpass replacement?

    And/or take transit.
  13. Charlie_mta

    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    I am serious, based on my experience of riding my clunky, non-electric bicycle slowly on 8 foot wide paved paths. Pedestrians walking in groups and hogging the entire width is usually the problem. If they would just stay to the right of the centerline, then there is ample opportunity to safely...
  14. Charlie_mta

    Bowker Overpass replacement?

    This discussion reminds me of something I read a long time ago, probably in the 1960s, in which Los Angeles traffic engineers were complaining about the existence of pedestrian crossings, and how those made it harder to perfect their traffic models and enable smooth flowing traffic. This...
  15. Charlie_mta

    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    If walkers will just stay on the right side of the line and not take up the full width of the path, then bike riders and walkers should be able to navigate it just fine.
  16. Charlie_mta

    "Dirty Old Boston"

    Great pics ^ of the Atlantic Avenue elevated line. That guy has a great Flickr site. It's amazing to think that back in the day, Boston had both freight (Union Freight RR) and passenger (Atlantic Avenue El) rail lines directly linking North and South Stations. Here is his pic of a Union...
  17. Charlie_mta

    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Why was that wow in the path needed? Looks like really poor design.
  18. Charlie_mta

    Bowker Overpass replacement?

    The point I was trying to make is: just because a road facility exists, doesn't mean it is immutable and must remain in place. Yes, it's been there since the early 60, and yes, motorists love it, but does that seal it's immortality? San Francisco tore down two major and lengthy elevated...
  19. Charlie_mta

    Cambridge Crossing (NorthPoint) | East Cambridge/Charlestown | Cambridge/Boston

    Never noticed how handsome a set of buildings is along Cambridge Street, west of 1st Street, until the old GL viaduct and station were removed.
  20. Charlie_mta

    Boston in Art

    Love that painting. It doesn't have all the newer towers in the N Station/Haymarket area, but it could conceivably be updated by the artist just adding the buildings onto the original painting

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