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    "Dirty Old Boston"

    The first three are of Minneapolis. You can prominently see the Hennepin County Government Center in the first two pics and the University of Minnesota in the background. The third is looking at the opposite view, to the northwest, where Target Field is today. I'm guessing these were taken...
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    Sky Tower Everett | 114 Spring Street | Everett

    I mean, Debbie Downer is originally from Lexington, so . . . maybe unrelenting pessimism is a core Masshole trait?
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    New ads?

    I'm still getting full-screen pop-ups with their close boxes formatted off screen, meaning I cannot click through. The site is unusable for me on my iPad in Safari. I'm all for a subscription-based, ad-free alternative. I can help with optimizing the site for performance and for search once...
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    New ads?

    LOL like I said, the ads a site serves reflects the quality of the site in the ad networks' eyes. Top brands don't spend on low-quality inventory. Trimmers for your junk ads? AB is at the bottom of the inventory waterfall. And now that the ad formats are so fucking annoying, the bounce and drop...
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    New ads?

    Oh, to be clear: that this has happened is annoying AF, has ruined the UX on mobile, and as you said will just make the site's bounce and drop rates skyrocket. This in turn will lower the overall site Quality Score and consequently move it down the Google Display Network ladder of publisher...
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    New ads?

    To be fair to AB, it looks like they're only running AdSense through Google Tag Manager. If you're logged in to your Gmail account on your phone, you give Google more behavioral and contextual data every time you do a basic search than AB ever passes to Google via your visiting this site. If...
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    New ads?

    I tried to view AB on my iPad in Safari a few minutes ago and couldn't close out of a full-screen pop-up that hijacked the homepage. Now I'm on my PC in Firefox with ABP and Ghostery enabled and everything is fine.
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    The Alcott (née Garden Garage Towers) | 35 Lomasney Way | West End

    The West End has an almost Singapore / Taipei / HK New Territories town feel. Not on the same scale, but in built form and function. I worked with a guy from Taiwan who lived in the West End for almost 20 years, and he felt the same way: "reminds me a bit of Taipei."
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    UMass Amherst Developments

    They stuck us first and second year CommCol kids in Orchard Hill in 2000-2001. That's when the Rape Trail wasn't lit or widely-paved. It looks like such a nicer experience now.
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    The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

    I'm an 80s kid and a overall sucker for PoMo though. I love the Lipstick Building in NYC and Houston's TC Energy Center (or Nations Bank Center as I remember it). Watching One International Place go up sparked my interest in skyscrapers. Where PoMo worked well in the first place, it's aged...
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    The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

    And to think, this one was supposed to have a twin! (I actually don't mind 500 Boylston though, I kind of dig the cheesy columned courtyard. They haven't capped that over yet like they were discussing a few years ago, right?)
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    What I hate about Boston

    Rambalac is fun, I've shared that with family members too. You touch on what I emphasized in my OP: it's the small-scale retail that fully saturates every neighborhood, inside the Yamanote especially, which makes Tokyo stand out. It's so ugly too, with the overhead wires and plastic siding...
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    What I hate about Boston

    It's urbanesque, but frankly it's all the negatives from living in high density with little of the benefits (you're living in housing densities like you'd find in South Boston, but instead of being a 20 minute walk to the Financial District, you're still 40 km and an hour+ train ride out from...
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    Photo of the Day, Boston Style: Part XV (2021)

    I'm also glad to see Andre the Giant still imploring us to OBEY. GO RISD!
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    What I hate about Boston

    I can come down on the place hard, because I know it can do better socially, but Japan is a great place to visit. Just give yourself a lot of time. The 13/14 hour jet-lag from the East Coast is jarring. But back to Boston and Tokyo. The thing I never appreciated about Boston, or New England in...
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    What I hate about Boston

    I've lived inside the Yamanote for the last 20 years. Own a single-family house in Bunkyo-ku near Tokyo Dome City in Koishikawa. Japanese (astonishingly lax) zoning is what ultimately makes Tokyo and every other Japanese city more dynamic than anywhere in the US outside NYC. All the small...
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    Hook Wharf | 400 Atlantic Ave | Downtown

    My only complaint: it will block my favorite view of International Place.
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    The Alcott (née Garden Garage Towers) | 35 Lomasney Way | West End

    This is one of the few examples I can think of in which colossal order is actually a plus. Maybe because verticality is still emphasized? Why does it work here better than it does for Atlantic Wharf?
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    Hook Wharf | 400 Atlantic Ave | Downtown

    Some of us have these brands as clients, and understanding the hotel brand landscape in detail (especially the differentiation points as the brands see them) is important if you want to keep them as clients!
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    Oxford Office Bldg. | 125 Lincoln St | Leather District

    I did qualify my post with "practically", and went out of my way to mention I don't care about height for height's sake. I also admittedly missed that this is now lab space and no longer an office. I understand the physical constraints labs face, as we've covered this countless times over the...

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