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    The "Clevelandification" of Urban America (or how Manhattan is becoming a rich ghost town)

    I don't have a dog in this fight but this portion : "Third, involve the local residents by paying more than mere lip-service to public engagement throughout the development process. While this absolutely won’t guarantee that all sides will be happy, a transparent process stands a better chance...
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    Pinnacle at Central Wharf (Harbor Garage) | 70 East India Row | Waterfront | Downtown

    The more losses the professional NIMBY class suffers, the more extreme they're going to get. They've been getting their asses kicked this entire cycle. If the traffic argument no longer works, God only knows what they'll come up with next.
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    Pinnacle at Central Wharf (Harbor Garage) | 70 East India Row | Waterfront | Downtown

    If I had to read between the lines here, it seems that some professional NIMBY organization (looking at you Amos and the CLF) reached out to Vikki with a welcome to Boston call and then convinced her with a one sided presentation that obstructing the garage project had overwhelming public...
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    Suffolk Downs Redevelopment | East Boston

    So...now that Sanders got crushed can we go ahead and build this thing as is? ;)
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    Northland Newton | Needham St. @ Oak St. | Newton

    That's awesome news. NIMBY's piss off! Yet another loss for the build nothing crowd. If they can't even win in Newton....
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    Suffolk Downs Redevelopment | East Boston

    Its a ridiculous standard based on a mix of nostalgia and fantasyland. Its why NIMBY's tend to be old people romanticizing their youth and wanting the pace of development to conform to whatever point in time they're stuck in. If someone thinks the affordable housing % should be upped a little...
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    Suffolk Downs Redevelopment | East Boston

    I'm not sure the standard for developing a defunct horse racing track should be that it turns back the clock 40 years. :confused: Nobody gets to live in the place they grew up in unless they purchase a home which gives them the right to stay put. Nothing against you personally but it drives me...
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    Pinnacle at Central Wharf (Harbor Garage) | 70 East India Row | Waterfront | Downtown

    I also don't get what the endgame is here for the NEAQ. Are they saying the garage should stay as is until the sea rises up to swallow both it and the aquarium? And somehow they believe that will enhance the waterfront experience??? Its like they're trying to create leverage with the threat of...
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    Suffolk Downs Redevelopment | East Boston

    In your opinion what are these legitimate concerns? I'm asking because going back to the drawing board is code for massive delays and nothing gets built, so what exactly is so flawed with the project as to need that drastic remedy?
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    Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

    Well I prefer to deal in facts instead of speculation. I'd need to see some proof that the updated shadow law will affect these developments given their location. The only one I can think of is One Bromfield @ 700 ft which would not have complied under the old or the new law IIRC.
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    Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

    It violated the shadow law for the Common hence the need for legislative action. The height reduction to comply with FAA limits prevented the shadows from reaching the Public Garden although I believe the developers kept their commitment to kick in some $$$ to the Friends of the Public Garden...
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    Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

    I agree with Massachoisetts, and not because this building is Boston's answer to the Taj Mahal from an architectural standpoint, but because it is thus far the biggest "eff you NIMBY's" building yet constructed in the city! Used to be the absurd Shadow Law was sacrosanct. Nobody could get...
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    Northland Newton | Needham St. @ Oak St. | Newton

    I will grudgingly give the Globe credit here. Used to be every NIMBY was portrayed as a freedom fighter battling evil developers who were trying to pave over the town common. They've come a long way and while they still give too much deference to CLF extortion outfit I like what they're doing...
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    South Station Tower | South Station Air Rights | Downtown

    So just to bring this full circle, it sounds like the construction over the South Station train tracks is a relatively common occurrence except for perhaps the height of the building although NYC certainly has its share of those. However the delays make more sense about building over the...
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    South Station Tower | South Station Air Rights | Downtown

    Wow, so really not much except for parks and maybe 3 convention centers (including the Hynes).
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    South Station Tower | South Station Air Rights | Downtown

    This is a good point. Are there any cities that have done extensive decking over an existing interstate? I've been to places like Atlanta, Philly, and DC and don't recall any...
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    Fenway Center (One Kenmore) | Turnpike Parcel 7, Beacon Street | Fenway

    I think you people have too much time on your hands. ;) It looks fine. Build the freakin' thing already and kudos to the developer if we finally get something built over the Pike for the first time in eons.
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    Pinnacle at Central Wharf (Harbor Garage) | 70 East India Row | Waterfront | Downtown

    Its easier than that! He should invoke the IMAX rule where apparently showing aquatic films for a fee allows you to block waterfront access and just show Flipper, Finding Nemo and When Sharks Attack on a continuous loop in the building's lobby. The sky's the limit! ;)
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    South Station Tower | South Station Air Rights | Downtown

    So you're saying that despite a few inconveniences they've managed to stave off cannibalism? Huh. Maybe its possible here too then. ;)

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