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  1. Charlie_mta

    The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

    Here's a photo I took years ago after the Big Dig was finished, but prior to any development. Pretty bleak:
  2. Charlie_mta

    Crazy Highway Pitches

    I wish I had caught that. I would've submitted my idea here for a two-phase signal (black and yellow arrows). It restricts some movements but really cleans up the mess:
  3. Charlie_mta

    Flickr Finds

    Great photo. It shows the need to replace the 1-2-3 Center Plaza building and the low-rise part of the Federal Building with tallscrapers, and extend Hanover Street to Cambridge Street.
  4. Charlie_mta

    Harvard Square Infill and Small Developments

    Harvard Square's transformation into Rodeo Drive is complete with the copper-clad elevator and kiosk.
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    The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

    Baddass photos. Looks like the city night scenes straight out of Bladerunner 2049.
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    Crazy Highway Pitches

    How about converting one of the tunnels to a 4 track rail line, and leave the other tunnel for 2 lanes of traffic each way. Seems like a doable compromise.,
  7. Charlie_mta

    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    I agree. The rest of the developing world is pulling ahead of us. We've got to become smarter and faster at what we build in this country, or we'll soon be far behind.
  8. Charlie_mta

    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    Having dealt with EISs in projects I managed, the shorter time frame makes a lot of sense. They can cover everything in 24 months.
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    There may be a few interchange improvements on I-95/128 coming up 10-15 years from now, but that's it for the future. Too little funds, and metro Boston's legendary provincialism make highway expansion impossible. And to me that's okay. You get far more bang for the buck in transit...
  10. Charlie_mta

    Crazy Highway Pitches

    Seattle has a great elevated rail line (double track, not single track) running along a freeway here. Boston would have to get over its irrational phobia about elevated rail, but I'd like to see this type of elevated rail built in several places in the Boston metro area. It would be an...
  11. Charlie_mta

    Flickr Finds

    Thanks. That is interesting. To me it's a bit like saying a frontal lobotomy is the preferable way to treat a mental illness. Sure, Boston had some deterioration, but the wholesale obliteration of huge sectors of the urban core was not the answer. The Scollay Square area and the West End...
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    Flickr Finds

    No doubt the West End, if left intact, would have been today a primo urban neighborhood, on par with the North End. Just before the BRA's Dresden carpet-bombing of it, the West End was a beautiful area, as I recall seeing it from the Green Line viaduct many times. It reminded me of an Italian...
  13. Charlie_mta

    🔹 What's Happening With Project X?

    Thanks for the 10 pages of the document. Given the dismal history of air rights development attempts over the Mass Pike, I don't have high hopes for this one happening in the foreseeable future, but it does look good (minus any adjustments per FAA height limits).
  14. Charlie_mta

    The Sudbury (Bulfinch Crossing Residential Tower) | 50 Sudbury St | GCG Phase I | Gov't Center

    Looking good, baby. It really complements the Federal Office Building, as well as the State Office Building nearby.
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    New book about Ed Logue

    When I was a teenager in the 1960s I thought Ed Logue was awesome. Clearing out the old, replacing it with futuristic complexes such as GC and others. We all know at the time Boston was fearful of going into an irreversible spiral of decay as the suburbs had risen so high in popularity. No...
  16. Charlie_mta

    Fairmount Line Upgrade

    Thanks Van. i understand the concern about derailing (no pun intended) the thread
  17. Charlie_mta

    Cambridge Crossing (NorthPoint) | East Cambridge/Charlestown | Cambridge/Boston

    It follows the centerline of the Millers River which used to run through there.