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

    Saw this for first time in a few months. Looks good from inside the west end: a nice presence. Sometimes, height encloses a space that’s otherwise too open and makes it feel cozier. Such is the case here.
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    State Street HQ | One Congress | Bulfinch Crossing | West End

    Yeah, been about 10 months. I guess whighlander has been back at least that long, didn’t realize. For me, it wasn’t intentional, just after years spending hours a day on here, I fell away from it. Probably won’t be back in the same way anytime soon... focus has shifted with life and pandemic...
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    Yet another Virtual Public Hearing on the Charles F. Hurley Building

    Man oh man. Somehow the pandemic killed my interest in/addiction to this site. I haven’t even logged on since April, I don’t think. I’ll have to ponder how that happened... Also, the pandemic has meant that I no longer look out an office window two days a week at the Hurley building. What’s...
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    Abandoned railroads and rights of way

    Right. The archive map shows the proposal, not the built line. Nice job on the map you made anyway, glad to see there's a level of interest for this stuff. After googling the wrong keywords and poring over old maps on mapjunction to no avail, I was totally flummoxed and I can't tell you all...
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    Abandoned railroads and rights of way

    Wow. This is the coolest fucking map. Look at all those mills. Well done, sir. Looks like there also was a Wrentham Branch. Amazing. F-Line, I think the idea of the branch was that it also served a large mill at Rockville. Also seems to have predated the W Medway Branch which took over...
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    Abandoned railroads and rights of way

    I saw two pair of fieldstone abutments on the Charles yesterday way out in Medway and Millis and figured out they belonged to the Medway Branch Railroad, which only existed 1852-1863 or so. You can't even see the old ROW from aerial, it's been abandoned for so long. Does anyone have any...
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    Ecology/Environmental issues, preservation, resources in Greater Boston

    So between Sunday and yesterday, I kayaked a huge chunk of the Charles way upriver, and it was awesome. The experience was a mix of nature and history, but I'll put it here. Sunday, went for a walk with my family at Medfield State Hospital (the last time I had been there, there was a guard who...
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    COVID-19 in Boston

    Sigh. F-Line, I usually enjoy your posts but a lot of this is either conjecture or just plain wrong. Yes, in general, viruses that are both highly lethal and very infectious tend to burn themselves out (like Ebola outbreaks) or are able to be contained (like SARS). But nothing is clear on...
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    Biking in Boston

    Is it derailing the thread to comment on the lack of derailing of the thread in a prior exchange? ;) Great stuff. Cant wait for this one to be finished. Now, it just needs a really good bike connection from Boston to Everett.
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    US2 Redevelopment | Union Square | Somerville

    Hahaha. Nice. I was being facetious... I have nothing against triumphal stuff, and I'm jaded at the cynicism of the present that essentially throws acid on anything that attempts to be grand and bold. The attacks come from all sides. Regardless, I suspect that what we'll get will be some...
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    US2 Redevelopment | Union Square | Somerville

    I don’t understand the triumphal arch. We as a society have lost the ability to believe in anything, so it is going to be rather hard to find something to celebrate. And this type of monument doesn’t lend itself well to the banal, tepid enthusiasm of the present.
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    Biking in Boston

    This is great news. Is that map accurate, though? Or is it just a stock photo? I am unable to find anything believable as to what the route of the extension is, and whether or not it is going to go across the commuter rail tracks or not.
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    Raffles Boston (40 Trinity Place) | 426 Stuart Street | Back Bay

    Awesome post! Annnnd... I LOVE Singapore Slings, now and again... ever since seeing Fear & Loathing in high school.
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    "The Last Tenement" Discussion | 42 Lomasney Way | West End

    Because to fully utilize the space, the building would have to be moved, and that would be an insane amount of money that could much better be spent on something else. The problem is the building forces the roads to wind around it, if you consolidate the roads, you get more contiguous space for...
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    "The Last Tenement" Discussion | 42 Lomasney Way | West End

    A few years ago and I was in your camp. I have completely changed my attitude, and this is mostly based on walking beside the line tenement about twice a day for over six years. Take over the property, tear it down, consolidate all the roads next to each other - probably on the ONeil /...
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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    Finally made it onto a new OL car. The space is great, lighting and color scheme soooo much better than the soul sucking death-fluorescence and fake wood of the old cars. Game changer. Unfortunately, seats are way less comfortable. Worst, the door alarm noise - I was already tortured by it...
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    Prospect St (Cambridge - Somerville) "Too Small"

    I think one of the great failures of the highway era is they missed the political opportunity to widen many new corridors around Boston. Little known is the plan to create new east-west arteriasl to connect 95 (in JP) with 93. There were two, I think, the one I know for sure was going to be the...
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Wow. But I must admit, it is cringe-y.