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    MBTA Buses & Infrastructure

    So what becomes of the mix of buses on Bypass Rd? Will the Airport parking shuttle bus, for example, use the Day Sq or the bypass lanes?
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    "5 over 1" Is it stories or fire code?

    This is probably a @datadyne question: what is the proper understanding of "5 over 1" ? Or maybe the answer is "it has morphed" or "its understanding changed as it came to be widely used" Is it: Architecture: N stories over a podium of P Stories (where N = 5 and P = 1) Fire code Type 5 (wood...
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    How long have you lived here?

    1996 after B-school in Evanston IL and earlier in DC and a downtown job commuted from Arlington VA Upon arrival in Boston overpaid to rent a basement apt near L’burg Sq Beacon Hill (shoulda bought a 2flat in Arlington or the biggest house in Medford for the same monthly $). Rented at St Mary’s...
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    195 Providence Innovation & Design District

    I'm pretty sure this twitter praise is for Chestnut St in the 195 District, I guess for parcels 28, 30 & 31
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    South Station Tower | South Station Air Rights | Downtown

    Who profited from the air rights/ ground lease (“the deal” with South Stations owners) and is the money long gone?
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    Building With Wood

    After again seeing the wood-over-2-floors of fireproofed, I wanted to ask again: Are the two concrete or fireproofed steel floors A structural thing (wood can only hold 6 or N floors without making the bottom different) The first two floors are more likely to burn? More important to "not burn"...
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    New England Revolution Stadium | 173 Alford Street | Boston-Everett

    It’s going to look like a stadium, which, since Roman times is always a building that looms over its neighbors. Whether glassy or power plant, the real question is not what the aerial drone sees, but what folks see at street level. By excluding parking, Kraft has already done 80% of what’s...
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    New England Revolution Stadium | 173 Alford Street | Boston-Everett

    FWIW, this thread title now describes Alford St site as being in "Boston-Everett" I think we'll all be better off keeping in mind that Boston controls the streetfrontage.
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    New England Revolution Stadium | 173 Alford Street | Boston-Everett

    @Equilibria, yes, based on a signed agreement I changed the thread name as suggested. :-)
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    Somernova | Dane Street | Spring Hill | Somerville

    I created this thread for the proposed Somernova blocks in Spring Hill, Somerville. DIdn't quite know how to name it / locate it. Wanted to say it was a GLX2Porter or Fitchburg Line project because 80% of it "fronts" the railroad. To me, this is the kind where the developer should be worked...
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    Somerville Infill and Small Developments

    Mod note: the 40B Mixed use project to redevelop the closed Winter Hill Star Market (and current drug store and parking) is now at: Mixed Use (40B Fmr Star Market) | 299 Broadway | Winter Hill | Somerville
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    Mixed Use (40B Fmr Star Market) | 299 Broadway | Winter Hill | Somerville

    Mod note: I created a new thread but then discovered we had an older "Winter Hill Start Market Redevelopment" thread. Please direct all comments about this 40B mixed use project on the slope of Winter Hill to this consolidated thread.
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    Biking the Boston 'Burbs (Trails, MDC, & Towns beyond Hubway area)

    Google-Fu Challenge: (and I know this exists, I just can't find the right kewords) I want to find at least one story along the lines of: "_______ Town Chief of Police testifies that bike paths reduce crime at hearing in __________ Town as the latter considers a bike path" I seem to remember...
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    Megaprojects of the US & World

    ^ Actually Teddy Roosevelt did have the Eire Canal rebuilt (widened and rerouted) to steamship size/standards when he was Governor so it never went away (but like HSR and the interstates it now mostly bypasses the old downtowns) Obviously ideal during the age of coal, usage now has to contend...
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    Economic & Demographic Trends: Maine & Portland

    It still seems to me that "the beaches" and central Portland will be long-term winners in the work-from-home / super commuter "long game" At the risk of being totally anectdotal and only hearing what I want to hear: - I was surprised to hear a New Yorker, who already lives on the Connecticut...
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    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    My takeaways from the graphic above: - Given PTC, the Downeaster could do with more frequency, particularly an early AM northbound, and closer to every 2hours all day (and some periods hourly) - Frequency on BOS-SPG is probably more important than higher speed. - Transit worth walking to...
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    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    A very telling graphic from Christof Spieler on Twitter which he crafted to show how Brightline offers service exceeding NERs and nearly matching Acela using a partly-single-tracked service and 125mph/110mph mixed speeds - Frequency (all day, 15 r/ts clockface) - Limited Stops (allowing an...
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    Boston MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization

    The MPO makes many of these plans that the state and municipalities then do. They are out with a fairly high concept new plan that's available for public comment. It asks "what should "we all" do to improve access for the elderly, disabled, and EJ/Low income communities" What do you think? As I...
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    Green Line Type 10 Procurement

    I saw a tweet saying 100 Type 10s were procured for $810, million with prototypes starting to be delivered in 2026 is there actually official news on this?
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    "Dirty Old Boston"

    WGBH Helicopter Flyover of the Big Dig "before"