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    The New Retail Thread

    A leading opponent of the 2 AM closing was the taco shop's landlord, Emerson. [bolding mine] https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2020/02/27/jefe-loses-bid-stay-open-past-midnight/TvzeyXIDYncuYWnnpI9TqL/story.html I think the re-consideration in eight months is to see whether the tacqueria's...
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    Lab/Performing Arts Venue | 585 Third Street | Kendall Square

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/02/28/business/this-new-office-building-kendall-square-may-get-some-culture/
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    Lab/Performing Arts Venue | 585 Third Street | Kendall Square

    As explained by BioMed, the arts and culture space (there is a second theater, 150 seats) and the programming therein will be subsidized by the high rents tenants pay for the lab space. No lab space, no high rents, no arts / culture = empty lot, given the zoning requirement.
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    105 W First Street | South Boston

    I'll say. Maybe they have a tenant and are willing to splurge on design and materials.
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    The New Retail Thread

    I am familiar with the DC neighborhood boards, particularly the one for Georgetown. This board is atypical, in that it reviews proposed building projects from a design standpoint. Its views are given weight by Federal agencies who are responsible for reviewing and approving building projects...
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    Pinnacle at Central Wharf (Harbor Garage) | 70 East India Row | Waterfront | Downtown

    Pardon my French, but: C'est putain de stupide. Chiofaro's proposal is entirely consistent with the parameters* set out by the city for what can be built on this parcel: no higher than 600 feet, no more 900,000 gsf, and at least 50 percent open space. These parameters were set out after years...
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    Kindred Hospital Site Redevelopment | 1515 Commonwealth Ave. | Brighton

    The number of units remaining is 250+, with 160 parking spaces (so much for being directly on the Green Line). IMO, if the project was not at the top of a hill, additional height would have passed muster. Looking at existing zoning, it probably would be a long shot getting zoning to approve a...
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    CORVID-19 (Wuhan coronavirus) and potential impact on Logan & Boston travel and tourism

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/world/asia/coronavirus-news.html?emc=edit_na_20200225&ref=headline&nl=breaking-news&campaign_id=60&instance_id=0&segment_id=21605&user_id=da580a4cd1e82ea0128214184976a2ac&regi_id=10059472#link-22e138a7
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    CORVID-19 (Wuhan coronavirus) and potential impact on Logan & Boston travel and tourism

    United's earnings guidance from yesterday. http://ir.united.com/node/23236/html?te=1&nl=dealbook&emc=edit_dk_20200225&campaign_id=4&instance_id=16265&segment_id=21595&user_id=da580a4cd1e82ea0128214184976a2ac&regi_id=1005947220200225
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    Wentworth Dorm | 630 Huntington Ave | Fenway

    Massachusetts population growth over the past decade was fueled by immigration; without immigration, Massachusetts' population would essentially have been flat. (Foreign students, per se, are not 'immigrants' https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/09/upshot/american-population-slowdown.html The...
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    Amtrak NEC, Downeaster, Acela, & Long Distance

    See the video starting at about the three minute mark. Quite the proboscis.
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    CORVID-19 (Wuhan coronavirus) and potential impact on Logan & Boston travel and tourism

    https://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Routes-United-CRJ-550s-India-15074396.phpdrop in passenger demand this year. ^^^ This is the San Francisco Chronicle It does appear from the new cases being reported on different continents, that COVID-19 is on the verge of becoming a pandemic. And...
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    Boston worst traffic in the country.

    whigh, the tables are measuring different things. E,g., Table 1's focus is 2017 Urban Area Yearly Delay per Auto Commuter Travel Time Table 2's focus is 2017 Urban Area Travel Delay (which includes trucks and non-commuters). Table 3's focus is freeways, of which Boston has few miles...
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    15 Necco Street | Fort Point

    Seven years late and built at ten times its proposed cost
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    Future Plans for Hynes Convention Center | 900 Boylston St | Back Bay

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/02/22/business/massive-project-could-replace-hynes-if-it-is-sold/
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    15 Necco Street | Fort Point

    The screen for the mechanicals looks really weird; I first thought it was another building in the background.
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    Boston worst traffic in the country.

    This is a link to the annual study of traffic congestion prepared by Texas A&M University, in conjunction with INRIX, titled the Urban Mobility Report. This is the most recent issuance of the report, dated August 2019; data are for CY 2017...
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    Survey of what new waterfront buildings are doing to prepare for rising sea levels

    This is an extensive article published in the Feb. 19th Washington Post, and describes specific actions being taken by the city, MBTA, and individual developers to anticipate rising sea levels and pro-actively undertake steps to mitigate the potential damage and disruption...
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    Four Seasons Tower @ CSC | 1 Dalton Street | Back Bay

    ^^^This is the kitchen at a Four Seasons two bedroom condo in Miami. ^^^This is the floorplan for a 2,200 sq ft condo in a Four Seasons Residences Condo in Fort Lauderdale. The kitchen is not much bigger than a galley kitchen on a yacht.
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    Four Seasons Tower @ CSC | 1 Dalton Street | Back Bay

    I remember having a post-construction tour of a new high end condo in Washington, and I remarked to one of the construction managers that I thought the kitchen looked small (I didn't say cheap, but the appliances were not high end). And he explained, 'these people don't cook at home'. The...

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