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  1. Charlie_mta

    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    I don't believe a deck can fit over the railroad portion of the Throat because the Grand Junction railway will ramp down, and not touch ground until the proposed pedestrian overpass location, as shown on this rendering:
  2. Charlie_mta

    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    The pathway will be on a bridge out in the river with the at-grade option, so with a lid over the roads and rail, it might be possible to ramp the pathway up (at ADL allowable grades) to meet the ends of the deck, thus eliminating a portion of the pathway bridge on the river.
  3. Charlie_mta

    Rutherford Avenue to go on a diet!

    I assume the underpass at Gilmore Bridge will also be kept? So what we will have is basically the same superhighway we now have from Everett to City Square, dressed up a bit with some landscaping. Nice.
  4. Charlie_mta

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

    Yeah, a homeless shelter for very expensive whinos.
  5. Charlie_mta

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

    How about a version of this building without the bumpouts? I think it looks a bit cleaner. Of course it's too late now,.
  6. Charlie_mta

    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    Even if it's feasible to build an operable railroad radius at this location, a N-S connector route along this alignment would bypass all three major rail stations: North, South and (the proposed) West. Also, the NE Corridor line coming up through the South End would not be able to bang a left...
  7. Charlie_mta

    Gillette Stadium

    The Nashua Street location for a stadium (as shown previously) would wipe out Nashua Street. That's not doable, because it provides the only west bound route from the West End to Obrien Highway. All that would remain is the one-way eastbound Martha Street. Add to that the encroachment into...
  8. Charlie_mta

    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    I would double-deck SFR to keep all roads completely out of the River, and also allow 12' lanes on the Mass Pike for safety:
  9. Charlie_mta

    Gillette Stadium

    You'd have to relocate the Suffolk County Jail from this site. which would be big item. Also any filling into the River would ignite a NIMBY caca-storm. Then there is the 4F issue of taking park land along the River. Just saying.
  10. Charlie_mta

    Gillette Stadium

    The Mother Ship has landed ^ But seriously, I'd rather see a few supertalls go in on that site as a grand entrance to Boston.
  11. Charlie_mta

    Ode to Brutalism

    I'm registering for the event. I still love that campus; a masterpiece.
  12. Charlie_mta

    Ode to Brutalism

    Hey, that's where I got my undergraduate degree. I graduated in 1976 and really loved Paul Rudolph's buildings, both inside and out, as well as the positioning of the buildings on the campus. I felt very fortunate to have been there; the first and only person in my family to ever attend...
  13. Charlie_mta

    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    BLX is a fraction of the cost of NSRL and a lot easier to build. I'd say build BLX first, simply because it is more doable and the much smaller cost is easier to fund. Also the economic and environmental justice for Lynn afforded by the BLX would be huge. Bigger bang for the buck all around...
  14. Charlie_mta

    Downtown Lynn

    Lowell is its own hub city, but Lynn is just a satellite of Boston. Some places in a metro area, such as Boston, need to be a place for poor people, and Lynn just happens to be that place for now. If the Blue line ever makes to to Lynn, it will become gentrified and the poor people will move...
  15. Charlie_mta

    Police Details, Cameras, & Enforcement Methods

    Illegal drivers in the dedicated bus lane.
  16. Charlie_mta

    The Alcott (née Garden Garage Towers) | 35 Lomasney Way | West End

    "Schlock" is an outstanding description of the two towers at the Hib on Causeway.
  17. Charlie_mta

    The Alcott (née Garden Garage Towers) | 35 Lomasney Way | West End

    I'm looking at the 1960's and 70's from a Cambridge perspective at the time. I did work in the business section of downton Boston (High Street) in the mid to late 60's while I was still in high school,, through a great program that Cabot Corporation had for hiring low income teenagers, but I...
  18. Charlie_mta

    The Alcott (née Garden Garage Towers) | 35 Lomasney Way | West End

    The Combat Zone was edgy, but it was a confined area, a sacrificial zone for the prurient, if you will, and during the day I could walk through it totally safe. In the metro area overall, crime was lower than today and homelessness was nonexistent. Income disparity was nothing like it is...
  19. Charlie_mta

    The Alcott (née Garden Garage Towers) | 35 Lomasney Way | West End

    Comparing Boston of the 1960's to today is pointless, because the culture, the economy, and just about everything else has changed so completely; it's comparing apples and oranges. There were a lot of things about 1960's Boston that were better IMO: the vibrant downtown shopping district, lack...

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