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  1. ErnieAdams

    Coronavirus and its Impacts on Urbanism

    What is commercial real estate worth on the other side of this? The amount of Class A office space sitting unused right now has to be astounding. What is inner-core residential real estate worth on the other side of this? Wonder whether 2019 buyers will end up feeling like 2005-06 buyers did.
  2. ErnieAdams

    Underground station layouts

    Love these. I think Arlington will be a hoot with the 364-day-unused half-block-length ped corridors from the Berkeley St. exits. Does anything else in the system have such a high percentage of essentially non-utilized space? Maybe Broadway if you count the trolley tunnel? The Hynes exit to...
  3. ErnieAdams

    Fenway Center (One Kenmore) | Turnpike Parcel 7, Beacon Street | Fenway

    Parcel 7 is not in fair territory, it's on the wrong side of Brookline Ave. for it to be the landing site for any home runs. As a man of history, you will surely recall that the Red Sox swapped Rosenthal the development rights to Parcel 7 in exchange for the Lansdowne garage where Rosenthal's...
  4. ErnieAdams

    The New Retail Thread

    The exact town line is actually the front walls/doors/windows of most of those (non-setback) buildings on that stretch. Raises an interesting intellectual point (probably just for me and for nobody else) because if Taco Bell puts a sign out in front, the sign will be anchored exactly on the line...
  5. ErnieAdams

    The New Retail Thread

    Welcome Jane. Ain't no rumor. Here's the agenda item with the Brookline Planning Board for their application to change the signage at the location: https://www.brooklinema.gov/list.aspx?MID=6444. You could head to Town Hall yourself tomorrow morning and see if anyone there representing the...
  6. ErnieAdams

    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    And on the very day that I decide to come here to complain about this, I notice for the first time that traffic signals are now being installed here. What else should I will into existence?
  7. ErnieAdams

    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    I've seen this written down probably in the same places that you have, but I have seen no indication on the ground that this is true. (The same list of infrastructure improvements also includes signalization at Mountfort and Beacon Streets, to have been completed last month...nope, not even...
  8. ErnieAdams

    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    ^The desired connectivity will be provided in no small measure by 1) the stupidly overdue pedestrian connection between Miner and Maitland Streets over a MassDOT ROW, which is supposed to be started this fall, last I saw, and 2) Fenway Center's Phase 2, through which the Lansdowne platforms will...
  9. ErnieAdams

    South Station Tower | South Station | Downtown

    New curb cut being installed on Atlantic this afternoon, roughly across from the Dunks on the other side.
  10. ErnieAdams

    Fenway Center (One Kenmore) | Turnpike Parcel 7, Beacon Street | Fenway

    Love it when something comes down and polarizes the group like this. I'm into it personally: The Brookline Ave front feels like a present-day take on our old buddy down the street Holiday Inn Brookline (image from before it lost its affiliation and its red paint job). That building maybe isn't...
  11. ErnieAdams

    The New Retail Thread

    Taco Bell coming to 872 Comm. Ave. in front of BU West, most recently a 7-11 and half of a Mattress Discounters before that. Guess we can expect to see more of them after their (presumptive) success with the downtown location. This one will be two doors down from Chipotle.
  12. ErnieAdams

    New Cape Cod Bridges

    Trump budget omits funds for Cape bridges (Cape Cod Times) Ahh, well, hmm.
  13. ErnieAdams

    MBTA Construction Projects

    Some work is getting done on the two new stations. Concrete barriers were placed last year in between the road and the future platform areas, and as of this week those barriers are now being fitted with black fencing (in the style of the fences installed at Central/East/Blandford). Platform work...
  14. ErnieAdams

    MBTA Construction Projects

    I didn't miss the image and I didn't miss what you said here: The only things in the image that are closed for a month are 1) the C, 2) the E (which I didn't mention but which is certainly subject to the same analysis as the C for an August closure) and 3) Lechmere/NS, which is much longer but...
  15. ErnieAdams

    MBTA Construction Projects

    This is a three mile light rail line in a highly transit-oriented town, not a Metro trunk passing through all manner of communities and Beltway interchanges. The T's data show that July is already a low ridership month across the system (along with August and December/January when schools are...
  16. ErnieAdams

    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Type 9 running on the B this morning too, and the using the Park loop to turn around when it finished the run.
  17. ErnieAdams

    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Not sure which thread to use for this, but a Type 9 pair was spotted in revenue service on the C earlier today, a first on that line as far as I know.
  18. ErnieAdams

    South Station Tower | South Station | Downtown

    In constant and vigorous agreement with this, but the faregates are indeed a horrid idea that should be blasted into the sun. Story says that project isn't supposed to be started until the fall, so maybe that's enough time for them to come to their senses.
  19. ErnieAdams

    Green Line Type 10 Procurement

    Not the first time (at least the third) I've come here to vent about the Globe copy desk's insistence on editorializing for the sake of apparently clicks, it being above my pay grade to understand why a subscription-only website is trolling for clicks. Glad I'm not the only one seeing it.
  20. ErnieAdams

    The New Retail Thread

    It happened in 2017, per the below. Panera only owned Tatte for about a year, and only then a slim majority stake. The founder is probably happy with where she is now, but fair to say that the perception of having gone corporate was a blow to the chain's reputation, since most people still seem...

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