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    Cambria Hotel | 515 Somerville Ave | Union Sq | Somerville

    I just went to my studio at 438R Somerville and learned that someone put up a CL post saying all the Somernova planters in the alley were free, come and get them. Very, very, very sad. I ran into the guy who has the studio next to me. He says they were just about to have a meeting with...
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    Cambria Hotel | 515 Somerville Ave | Union Sq | Somerville

    I'm pretty sure anything I say is going to anger you even more. I'm 59. I went to public schools in NYC. Blacks are 14% of the population. Whites are the larger population. Dominant? In a sense, how could they not be? However, this plays out with many races in many nations. Anyway, I was...
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    Cambria Hotel | 515 Somerville Ave | Union Sq | Somerville

    Yes, I know Somervnova is trying! And I don't believe they did it on purpose. I'm just pointing out there isn't as much community as their should be, enough neighborly communication. I didn't know about Bow Street. As for the Cambria. Who is this "enough people"? Whose money are they...
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    Cambria Hotel | 515 Somerville Ave | Union Sq | Somerville

    Recently, Somernova, which owns the Artisan's Asylum building, closed off the alley and had an event. I'm a member of the Cambridge Hackspace which is across the way. We weren't invited to this event. (I heard they blocked off our parking too) A few years ago, we weren't invited to the...
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    Porter Square Infill and Small Developments

    That's what I've been wondering. The unfinished building has been exposed to the elements for quite a while now. This is a closeup (from a few years ago) of the construction of the 1868 Mass Ave Porter Square hotel. So not expecting that building to weather well in the decades ahead either...
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    Post-COVID Urbanism Discussion

    When I was younger, you either had someone or you didn't. No one wanted to be alone. It was a trope until recently, dying alone. Are internet social networks enough to replace physical relationships, or the need for one? I remember staying up to midnight as young teenages to watch the PBS...
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    Porter Square Infill and Small Developments

    Drone video of 371 Beacon Hotel.
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    Cambria Hotel | 515 Somerville Ave | Union Sq | Somerville

    Thanks, much more fun to do these when someone is interested!!!
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    Cambria Hotel | 515 Somerville Ave | Union Sq | Somerville

    Latest video. A friend said the top floor uses steal framing and it's not going to blow off ;) One day I hope to stay in one of those rooms I flew over.
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    Post-COVID Urbanism Discussion

    From the Times article, " Shoul, who estimates that in addition to sacrificing most of his weekends to home repairs for the past four years, the couple also spent between $10,000 and $15,000 on fixes, not counting nearly $35,000 in damage that was covered by home insurance. " It's easy to move...
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    Post-COVID Urbanism Discussion

    I've read some of these threads and it seems the last thing most members want is another @Johnnyrocket891 ;) I apologize in advance! I became interested in the Cambridge Crossing project. I went from super skeptic to true believer. Nonetheless, there are some questions I'm curious for...
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    Cambria Hotel | 515 Somerville Ave | Union Sq | Somerville

    HAHA. I'm trying to turn a new positive leaf! I do wonder if the top floor will fly off in a future super-wind storm. Ooops...there I go again! :)
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    Cambria Hotel | 515 Somerville Ave | Union Sq | Somerville

    A short flight around the Cambria on April 5th, 2021
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    General Google Mapping Tips & Fun

    I tried again in Chrome, still couldn't do it . Then I opened in Microsoft Edge and saw a button, lower left, for 3D view, and presto, like you said, I could rotate like in Earth. WTF Google ;) Thanks !!!
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    General Google Mapping Tips & Fun

    Here's an image from Google Earth to illustrate what I want (and my problem with Google Maps). I want to orient the image to tell the story I want in my silly YouTube videos. Can you get the image positioned this way in Google Maps?
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    General Google Mapping Tips & Fun

    My experience has been different. I find Google Maps very frustrating. I can move around the satellite view in Google Maps but I can't rotate! CX is best understood South-North, not East-West IMO. Maybe I'm on the wrong Google Maps? If so, please post a link! Also, what I can do in Google...
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    Cambridge Crossing (NorthPoint) | East Cambridge/Charlestown | Cambridge/Boston

    I thought I had read through all 83 pages of this thread and didn't see any old satellite photos. I was excited to find this feature in Google Earth Pro and posted it. The only threads I follow is CX and the Cambria hotel. Yes, at best, public imagery seems to be a year out of date. Do you...
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    Cambridge Crossing (NorthPoint) | East Cambridge/Charlestown | Cambridge/Boston

    Finally, a gorgeous day. This video is mostly an experiment with various technologies. I just noticed it says March 8th. Uggh. It should be the 9th!
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    Cambridge Crossing (NorthPoint) | East Cambridge/Charlestown | Cambridge/Boston

    Unfortunately. I can't hold a candle to Google Earth Pro's Time machine ;) That latest was update 3/21 but image dated 4/20, so looks like Google Earth makes images public a year behind. I highly recommend anyone here who has an interest, to get a Google Earth account (free, but they take a...

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