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  1. TC_zoid

    40 Free Street | Portland

    This design looks cool with the black. I wouldn't mind a 6th floor balcony unit (facing the harbor) with El Rayo and its deck action down below. Both will be a cool hang on warm summer nights.
  2. TC_zoid

    Infill and Small Developments | Portland

    That's because Mainers can't see them anymore. They don't even know they've been wearing LL Bean wear from the 80s that's been washed (and faded) a thousand times.
  3. TC_zoid

    Portland Foreside | 58 Fore Street | Portland

    Well let me take a stab guess. The low income housing will become high-end condos. (Although I think if you paint each one a different color it could become some kind of Christo-like scaled canvas. That might be cool to see from the harbor.
  4. TC_zoid

    Portland Foreside | 58 Fore Street | Portland

    Cool. It's contrastingly amusing with a low income housing project across the street.
  5. TC_zoid

    Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

    18 Wheelers (3) are already lined up at CIA docks during events. Freight access could be through this portal. Pedestrian access on Spring Street would not be interrupted. There is no ruining an experience which is nothing but one of walking past nothing of interest. This idea is ideal because...
  6. TC_zoid

    Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

    I think a solution would be to build a space between CIA and the Holiday Inn that is above Spring Street. It would be high enough to allow traffic underneath. It would be one high floor starting about 30 feet up, and connecting usable space would be CIA and the Holiday Inn. Since it would be...
  7. TC_zoid

    Westbrook, ME

    Looks cool but adding ivy on the outside and a "green roof" is only a gimmick to help people feel good, that they are helping to save the planet from fossil fuels destruction. If the city really wants to help, offer the best parking spots in the city to electric vehicles, or give property tax...
  8. TC_zoid

    Portland Passenger Rail

    100% agree. City Gov. can't think out of a box. Why not find some private industry and do a deal? They get to give the station an advertising theme. But make it a cool one. Not insurance!
  9. TC_zoid

    Urbx "Skyscraper" Supermarket, Seaport

    Why not order at home and wait for your groceries to be delivered? Why would I stand at a kiosk and take the time to order fifty or so items, then have to lug home 2-3 boxes? And I'm guessing glitches within all these moving parts will create some comical scaled delays. The only thing saving...
  10. TC_zoid

    200 Federal Street | Residential Tower | Portland

    Don't make it too nice or the homeless will commandeer it.
  11. TC_zoid

    Hobson's Landing | Aloft Hotel | 383 Commercial Street | Portland

    Agreed, though all those windows on the top four floors will have drawn curtains 24/7. Who wants to be on public display in their hotel room? It's the same issue as the beautiful corner glass at the Hyatt. It looked great before it opened. Now it's just glass with curtains behind it. My fave...
  12. TC_zoid

    200 Federal Street | Residential Tower | Portland

    Radiant floor heating is a beautiful thing. Outside, can't you submerge pex tubing into a concrete pour, stamp a finish on top, then use rooftop solar to heat a water tank? I have a somewhat rich friend in Palm Springs who did this inside a large house with an entire first level travertine...
  13. TC_zoid

    200 Federal Street | Residential Tower | Portland

    Nice. Love the low wall bench seating. This idea is all over Manhattan because the city mandated new towers have public spaces to sit and eat. I can not imagine Manhattan without these spaces. It would become claustrophobic hell without.
  14. TC_zoid


    So glad to see that pedestrian "game of chicken" right turn from High Street to Free Street eliminated. That new idea alone is worth the entire project. And why are they using art from a NYC artist for the plaza? Please, let it not be something like "Tracing the Fore," which was probably the...
  15. TC_zoid

    52 Hanover St | Apartments | Portland

    This would be a great build for Bayside. I hope the city doesn't F-it up with too many demands. For the most part, Bayside is still covered with vacant lots, scrap yards, and run-down structures. Anything built is an improvement.
  16. TC_zoid

    200 Federal Street | Residential Tower | Portland

    The Old Port and parts of Commercial Street can compete with anything in the U.S. (I know because I've been working and living in L.A. and midtown NYC the last ten years). It's all walkable. You don't know how cool that area is until you've been away from it.
  17. TC_zoid

    385 Congress St (Press Herald site) | Portland

    Agreed. It's always the old timers screaming about having enough parking. Tenants in their 20s and 30s don't care as much about cars today. They'd rather take an Uber so they can use their phone. I'd be surprised if this development gets built as it's quite dense and tall.
  18. TC_zoid

    Hobson's Landing | Aloft Hotel | 383 Commercial Street | Portland

    You got me interested now. A 2 room condo in Monte Carlo will set you back about $2.5 to $3 million (U.S.). I guess I would have to settle for Monaco with my 2 mill, or down the coast a few miles to Nice (probably something "nice" there between $500K - $1 mill). Miami Beach: 189K for a 2 BR...
  19. TC_zoid

    Hobson's Landing | Aloft Hotel | 383 Commercial Street | Portland

    One of the 7th floor units is listed for $3.95 million. I'd do half of that for something else in Portland, and take the reminder for a sweet condo in Miami Beach, or maybe Monte Carlo.
  20. TC_zoid

    Bayside Federated Companies

    The project was killed by the city, on purpose. I know why and can't say in public. You senior bloggers should plan a little Portland arch blog gathering at a local watering hole. Only those with at least three months on the blog, and can verify by logging in at the gathering, can attend. We can...