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    Lord & Taylor Site | Prudential Center | Back Bay

    There's no reason why there can't be a 10 to 20 story residential tower atop 3 floors of retail here. This is another reason why we need a land tax, not a property tax, to encourage owners to spread the cost of their square feet of site across as many cubic feet of building, rather than say...
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    Biking the Boston 'Burbs (Trails, MDC, & Towns beyond Hubway area)

    I believe this Facebook photo is of the Sudbury Diamond (the "hashtag" / octothorpe shaped rail junction in the foreground) at the southern terminus of the Bruce Freeman segment being constructed
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    Biking the Boston 'Burbs (Trails, MDC, & Towns beyond Hubway area)

    Work has begun on the Bruce Freeman trail for its 5.9 miles in Sudbury (from the Concord town line to South Sudbury near the Sudbury Diamond) Details on the start of work: Orientation Map, showing...
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    Stop and Shop Mixed Use | 1690 Revere Beach Parkway | Everett

    Sorry if I missed it, but is the Supermarket itself open, closed, or relocating? THis seems like the kind of project you could get if we just reduced parking minimums and let owners build on their oversized parking lots
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    Crazy Highway Pitches

    My Pitch: A combined dynamically-tolled road and high-speed rail alignment between Hartford and Providence on the alignment of the original I-84. Road would be similar to MD-200, in that it would be purely e-tolled and otherwise just 2 lanes in each direction. Could even be HOT (and allow free...
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    Pawtucket-Central Falls MBTA Commuter Rail Station | Pine and Barton Streets | Pawtucket

    @Stlin , great stuff, thank you. Yes, I was thinking the R-Line should continue onward/northward to Central Falls
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    Pawtucket-Central Falls MBTA Commuter Rail Station | Pine and Barton Streets | Pawtucket

    How about some Transit Oriented Development instead of acres of free parking? Also how's ridership on the R-Line and should it be extended North?
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    Portland Passenger Rail

    To me the greater potential is on making Brunswick-Portland-Boston service 8 daily round trips (including an AM Northbound) and then branching them something like 6r/ts to Augusta and 2r/ts to Rockport. Or get to hourly on BON-POR and split them 25% to Lewiston, 25% to Rockport, 50% to Augusta.
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    I am really hoping that beyond GLX2@MVP and GLX3@Kent/Porter/Alewife the real way to provide frequent, electric, all day transit to the less-dense suburbs is through commuter rail electrification.
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    Portland Passenger Rail

    MainDOT has released its draft study of transit from Portland to Bangor: Actual Study is here (dated January 2023, and I think open for 30 days)...
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    Evolving use of Office and other Space

    You’ll want to check out the Kastle survey that underpins the Posts reporting You’ll want to check out the Kastle survey that underpins the Posts reporting
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    MBTA Construction Projects

    Well, @ Courthouse this is more like waterproofing and a lot of it is on the existing head house end
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    MBTA Construction Projects

    What’s the deal at Courthouse station? Barriers and scaffolds everywhere but I only saw 3 workers last week (and mostly no workers)
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    MBTA Construction Projects

    Lowell Line getting its new bridge near the CR Maintenance facility (as viewed from the existing truss bridge:
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    File under: Looking a gift horse in the mouth: Somebody at AB is the creator of this system map from 2017 which, to MassDOT's credit, is now out of date: Given that it is missing: Wachusett extension of the Fitchburg line...
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    Biking in Boston

    Wait, BIDMC has secure lockups for visitors? I bike to Shapiro Clinical and always lock up on the Longwood Ave plaza (outside the window of a ground floor office it seems "looked after") Is There a place where patients/visitors can have access to an actual cage? (the ones in the garage off...
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    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    Every once in a while, I enjoy testing old proposals to see if they're still reasonable. Here's my list of capital-intensive yet not crazy pitches: (so they're on the "if Biden & Healy work together on infrastructure" kinda list) Blue: Red-Blue Connector Infill Red: Morrissey Boulevard...
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Ok, even if they've finished BNRD, whose job is it to move bus stops to actually Coincide with GLX station locations? Specifically stations that will keep a bus even after today's 80 is abolished, like: Medford/Tufts (at station curb and across the street) (New 80 Davis - Burlington) Ball Sq...
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    Ode to Brutalism

    Moderator ponders aloud: should these old, useful, less-active threads be merged into this one: Landmarking Brutalism A Brief, Wondrous History of Brutalism (FTAO: Beton Brut)...
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    Ode to Brutalism

    Here's a helpful video which sidesteps the question of whether everything from the 60s/70s that is made with bare concrete is "brutalism"