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    PLAN: Downtown

    Ah, thanks for the clarification--now I see what you're getting at. Maybe there's a footnote or brief reference in the 11 Bromfield proposal iteration about why they decided to rebrand from "1 Bromfield" to "11 Bromfield"? It is confusing (if one forgets that the 1 Bromfield iteration was...
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    South Station Tower | South Station Air Rights | Downtown

    A reminder of the *benevolent sponsor* of said bifurcated rail termini travesty:
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    PLAN: Downtown

    You mean the one the BPDA commanded to be scrapped in 2016--that 683-footer? Yeah, doubtful it's coming back... ;)
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    Lego HQ Moving to Boston

    The rough midpoint between Lego in Assembly Square and Lego at 501 Boylston St. (which doesn't appear like it's slated for consolidation into the new offices) would be somewhere on the Orange Line between North Station/Chinatown... which of course leads to the logical, modest proposal: perhaps...
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    60 Kilmarnock St | Fenway

    Whenever *they* decide to make a noir, "true crime"-style documentary investigating the horrendous (mercifully non-fatal) arson that completely incinerated the Edison development in summer 2017, which I was eyewitness to (at the time I resided just 1,000 yards away), this should be the blurb...
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    Newton Infill and Small Developments

    The lawyers have certainly benefited immensely from the *vigorously litigated* Webster Woods... which are essentially next-door. (The southwest corner of Webster Woods is only a half-mile from the northeast corner of this parcel/development site, I see.) It's too bad there can't be a "grand...
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    Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial | Boston Common | Downtown

    A great piece from the Irish Times, when the Irish Famine Memorial was first unveiled, absolutely savaging its aesthetics for their syrupy, preachy, Disneyfied, simplistic insulting-ness: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/1m-famine-memorial-a-monument-to-kitsch-1.169414 "The actual [Irish...
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    11-21 Bromfield Street | DTX | Downtown

    IAG hearing on the 18th: https://www.bostonplans.org/news-calendar/calendar/2023/01/18/11-21-bromfield-street-impact-advisory-group-meeti
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    Fenway Center (One Kenmore) | Turnpike Parcel 7, Beacon Street | Fenway

    Ah, sorry for my assumption, in that case. I'd been convinced for decades that 660 Washington had to be a remnant structure, given its proximity to the Pike, and how oddly, anomalously alone it stands on the south side of the street.
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    Fenway Center (One Kenmore) | Turnpike Parcel 7, Beacon Street | Fenway

    Exhibit A of what a ghastly impact ramming the Pike through Newton Corner/Newtonville had. It's basically Newton's analogue to the Lone Tenement of Lomasney Way. If it had a pre-recorded greeting for visitors that blared over a loudspeaker, it would announce, "Hello, here I am! 660 Washington...
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    Logan Airport Flights and Airlines Discussion

    Yeah--1,530 nm on a straight line, I checked. But, say you start hitting the Rockies' notoriously chronic and brutal downdrafts around, where, the Dakotas/MT border? In that case, you're being buffeted for some 250 nm. I checked the specs on Wikipedia--the A220 is significantly faster (470...
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    Concord, NH Developments

    I just walked, via Google Maps, the three-quarters of a mile on Main Street from where 3A junctions with it, north to the Route 9 intersection, to remind myself of what a fantastic downtown Concord possesses. Great architecture--including lots of nicely-rehabbed 19th-c. mill buildings--good...
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    Commuter Rail to New Hampshire?

    I was going to pose a question re: where Manchester Regional Airport might stand on this latest (revolting) development (in this wretched saga), on the assumption that the airport is envious that TF Green acquired a CR stop now many years ago (and thus theoretically is now measurably more...
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    General Boston Discussion

    Ah, yes, thanks for supplying the context--agreed!
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    General Boston Discussion

    Is it that surprising, though? The Ballet has their studio just three-quarters of a mile away, at 19 Clarendon, so in that sense the Back Bay is just as much the BB's "home base" as DTX is with their tenancy at the Opera House. And, I looked it up, Symphony Plaza West is owned by an...
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    Acela & Amtrak NEC (HSR BOS-NYP-WAS and branches only)

    Yep, that must be it! Thanks as always. I assume, given that I've seen the mileage chalked x2 now on Amtrak bridges in RI, that many of the Amtrak bridges along the I-95 corridor from South Station to Penn Station would also have it... wish I had the time to take a brief trip to document it all...
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    Acela & Amtrak NEC (HSR BOS-NYP-WAS and branches only)

    This has nothing to do with Amtrak infrastructure (at least, in the traditional sense of "infrastructure" that this forum is passionate about), but it's been bugging me for a while, so I feel compelled to note it. Some years ago, walking in downtown Westerly, I noticed the Amtrak bridge had the...
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    11-21 Bromfield Street | DTX | Downtown

    Facts are stubborn things: this "baby"--that is, PLAN Downtown--was part of the compromise hammered-out by the state legislature in order to get the home-rule exemption for the new shadows that would be cast by the Winthrop Center tower. Mayor Walsh may have lobbied strongly for it in order to...
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    General Boston Discussion

    I find your alleged confusion to be highly amusing, given that nowhere in my post did I say New England-style small-town governance/democracy was "successful," or "better than anywhere else." (But of course I stick to my assertion that the extremely balkanized nature of governmental power within...
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    General Boston Discussion

    I've cited this factoid before on AB--and ultimately, that's all it is, a factoid--but I still think it's marvelously illustrative in terms of how regional planning in E. Mass. is absolutely crippled by how many independent municipalities that "should be Boston," given their density...

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