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  1. theSil

    General Boston Discussion

    Wu is proposing a rent control bill that would allow annual rent increases up to 6 percent higher than the federal government’s Consumer Price Index, i.e. if inflation is 2 percent, landlords could increase rent by up to 8 percent. Rent increases would be capped at 10 percent...
  2. theSil

    Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial | Boston Common | Downtown

    Seems like this has already been making the rounds elsewhere, but this was the first thing I saw when opened Instagram today. Posted by a non-Boston-oriented meme account, so we're getting coverage far and wide!
  3. theSil

    General Boston Discussion

    Wu is proposing pretty large changes to Boston’s inclusionary zoning policy. Would kick in at 7 units instead of 10 and 20% of units would need to be affordable instead of 13%.
  4. theSil

    General Boston Discussion

    Not to change the subject, but I’m curious if this is on anyone’s radar? John Hawkinson of Cambridge Day tweeted that Cambridge is discussing new rules to limit where future labs can be built. I’m surprised this is the only mention I’ve seen of this anywhere. Anything too restrictive seems...
  5. theSil

    Flickr Finds & Social Media Pics

    I wish they had chosen to have the pleating seamlessly disappear down the face of the building a la 15 Hudson Yards.
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    Cambridge Crossing (NorthPoint) | East Cambridge/Charlestown | Cambridge/Boston

    I have to take the opposite opinion. The street grid here ensures that this will never be a pleasant public space to hang around in. With about 7,500 sq ft of buildable space, put a nice little development here with an active ground floor and continue the streetwall up First St to Cambridge...
  7. theSil

    Midterms 22

    (I hope this thread can be a place to discuss how the results of the midterms might impact housing/transportation/the built environment in Boston and in New England, if the mods like that idea.) My understanding is that the NH house is currently a toss up, less sure about what the NH state...
  8. theSil

    NYC Architecture and Development

    Hmmm. Maybe they're trying to do a 21st century interpretation of Singer Building proportions?
  9. theSil

    Cambridge Infill and Small Developments

    One of my favorite architectural oddities in the area.
  10. theSil

    Parcel 12 | 1001 Boylston Street | Back Bay

    If we ever bring back the archBoston Awards (which we really should!!), this wins Best Completed Development of 2023
  11. theSil

    E-Scooter Rentals in MA

    I took my first ride on one of the next gen citibike e-bikes a couple of weeks ago. They’re shockingly powerful, even compared to the previous generation of citibike e-bikes. Was able to fly across the Williamsburg bridge - which is a pretty serious climb - without breaking a sweat in 80 degree...
  12. theSil

    16-Story Apartment Tower | 76 Ashford Street | Allston

    If one assumes this floor to ceiling height reduction was performed only on the residential floors, you get a (5 feet * 12 inches) / 15 floors = 4 inch reduction in ceiling height on every floor. Love making 254 units of housing perceptibly worse, for a 5 foot height reduction that will be...
  13. theSil

    Water Transportation in and around Boston

    In NYC, the ferry system is by far the most subsidized mode of public transportation, clocking in at $13 of subsidy per ride, compared to $1 per ride for the subway. As is the case with this proposed route, the ferry is the same same fare as the subway (although the price is going up this week...
  14. theSil

    Parcel 12 | 1001 Boylston Street | Back Bay

    There would've been so many different shades of green combining from this vantage point had this building ended up green. Would've been interesting.
  15. theSil

    Name this US city and related urban trivia!

    Well done! The refineries and the geology are giveaways if you're familiar with the area
  16. theSil

    Name this US city and related urban trivia!

    Maybe a toughie. Population 110k.
  17. theSil

    Kenmore Square North (WHOOP) | 533-541 Commonwealth Ave | Fenway

    Learned via my friend's instagram story that the WHOOP is visible from probably a good percentage of seats at Fenway
  18. theSil

    Massachusetts Multi-Family Requirements for MBTA communities

    Reads like savvy legislating to me. Jurisdictions sneaking poison pills into their housing requirements is much more egregious imo.
  19. theSil

    Whats left to build on?

    Belmont actually built a couple of rather handsome mixed-use buildings in Waverley in the last couple of years!,-71.1898183,3a,71.6y,28.95h,96.84t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s-z2ZSKBfxLRZWKqZtzpVwQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?hl=en What the town really needs to do is...
  20. theSil

    BU Data Sciences Center | 665 Commonwealth Avenue | BU Central

    As a BU math and computer science grad, this one's particularly painful. Both departments have been primarily housed in the basement classrooms of Cummington Street since forever. COM students complain about their dated building? We had to have had the least sexy real estate on all of campus...