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    COVID-19 in Boston

    Anything (within reason) to dilute the pernicious oversupply of turkeys, deer, squirrels. If it can't be wolves and bears because, well... obvi... then, why not many more raptors? Don't they like to munch on all of those as newborns? Turkey vultures are definitely on the upswing, I spotted 2 or...
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    Let's Talk About Gentrification...

    Thanks for that clarification/chronology--I definitely didn't know about the post-DNC redeployment. Good to know!
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    Let's Talk About Gentrification...

    Is it "hilarious"? Either "surreal" or "disorienting" would seem to be more likely reactions, but that's just me. Also, given that the Combat Zone was done by 1995 and, realistically, no one under 15 was there, you've inadvertently self-identified as being 40+. Which is fine, of course (I also...
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    Providence East Side Railroad Tunnel

    Seconded on furnishing the diagram--I just couldn't visualize it without the visual. All other considerations aside, the current Providence station is bizarrely adrift from the downtown core, in comparison to the prior location. The two giant lawns effectively maroon it from everything else...
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    Let's Talk About Gentrification...

    In defense of one of them [41 LaGrange], it is being developed by a homeless shelter, with the explicit goal of creating affordable housing to help alleviate (in whatever small way it can) the brutal & remorseless affordable housing crisis. In light of that, I think it is appropriate to...
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    Let's Talk About Gentrification...

    I cannot remotely conceive of these tensions/concerns being a plausible scenario, for a number of reasons: 1.) the strip joint is shoehorned in by 3 preexisting very large apartment towers: 45 Stuart, Kensington, 660 Washington. 1,200+ units. The first two are abutters and across the street...
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    LaGrange Tower | 47-55 LaGrange St. | Theater District

    You were speaking in the wrong tense: https://www.universalhub.com/2020/center-folds-board-agrees-sale-local-strip-club
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    LaGrange Tower | 47-55 LaGrange St. | Theater District

    What owners? All online references I've found refer to these as apartments...
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    Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

    Fair enough. I should've qualified my projections--"if coronavirus doesn't disrupt the construction site"--of course I have no idea if it will or won't. And, unless you're with Suffolk Const. or one of their subs, you don't, either...
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    Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

    One thing that's so neat about this project is how, given the intensely intimate--yet panoramic--clustering of Winthrop Sq.'s skyline, how many immediate "yardsticks" there are, wrapping the full 360-degree compass, to juxtapose its vertical progress vs.: 1 Winthrop Sq., 100 Arch St., 10...
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    Wind in Boston Metro Microclimates

    Hawley Street from Franklin to Summer, now that MTower has been constructed, is an absolute howler. I would sincerely guess that it causes a tripling of the prevailing/ambient windspeed in DTX at any one time, as gusts blast the east face of MTower (compounded by hitting the west face of 101...
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    Providence East Side Railroad Tunnel

    I just thought of this today. With the rehabilitated Woonasquatucket River essentially serving as the "moat" at the triple junction of it, the south wall of Providence Place, and the Amtrak/CR tracks, let's say a proposal to stick Providence Station in the basement of Providence Place actually...
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    Downtown Crossing | Discussion

    There's actually a fair number of summer sidewalk seating/dining patios in DTX I've noticed, walking around--Cafe Nero (x2), Legal Crossing, SIP, Ruth's Chris, Marliave, MAST (abutting on the Governors Alley plaza), Roche Bros. That's 8. But as others have noted before upthread, to retrofit...
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    Providence East Side Railroad Tunnel

    Very informative (as ever), thanks for sketching out both the granular details and the broad patterns/dynamics...
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    Providence East Side Railroad Tunnel

    Would any of what you outlined improve Bos-Prov commuter rail performance in terms of eliminating the idle time where the CR trains have to sit motionless, shunted aside, while the Amtrak hi-speeds barrel past them? Someday I'll have to time it but it could be up to 2-3 minutes wasted when all...
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    One Bromfield | 1 Bromfield Street | Downtown

    Cool. In which case, my remarks are directed at others. I'm just going to have to assume it's an extremely misleading palette choice by whoever generated the rendering--but we shall see!
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    One Bromfield | 1 Bromfield Street | Downtown

    On what evidence do you base this claim? I'm puzzled. Here's what we know: 1.) This is the 3rd time this developer has submitted a proposal for this site. That takes a lot of dogged--fanatical?--dedication to a certain vision. A certain emotional investment, even? That doesn't strike me at all...
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    One Bromfield | 1 Bromfield Street | Downtown

    Why on earth is there all this speculation that this project will be wood-built? One measly rendering has been released--not a full project binder, with dozens of detailed renderings and dozens of pages of description--just one measly rendering! Has this developer ever constructed anything out...
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    One Bromfield | 1 Bromfield Street | Downtown

    On the long long long litany of grievances Bostonians collectively harbor vs. the BPDA--many of which are surely totally justified--the BPDA's role in the ongoing morph of the One Bromfield St. development scheme is so utterly trivial and insignificant as to not even register with a scanning...
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    The New Retail Thread

    This reminds me that for years, I-90 westbound, along this stretch, had signs that said: WELCOME TO BROOKLINE then immediately after--no more than 100 yards past, I'm thinking? WELCOME TO BOSTON as I-90 traversed that tiny little sliver of Brookline, right where this Taco Bell is going, that...

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