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    General Boston Discussion.

    LA and Boston traffic comparisons seem like apples and oranges to me. Both hard, sure. But worthy comparison? Recent experience: 11PM Tuesday night Boston - 93 southbound into the city, through the tunnel, headed to the Pike, westbound, passing Back Bay Station, the road almost entirely to...
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    Seaport Square Block N | 350 Summer Street | Seaport

    I appreciate the wallpaper comment. Made me chuckle. (It's the very same comment many of us made when Johnson's IP went up.) Maybe I'll agree when I see "N" in the flesh, and maybe not? Right now I disagree. I like what I see. Or maybe I'm simply relieved something different is going up. That...
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    Seaport Square Block N | 350 Summer Street | Seaport

    Caricature? Is respecting your neighbors and demonstrating context - in material and massing - such a bad thing? This may not be to your taste, fine, but how do you fault it - brick, arched windows, cornice lines? Comparing this to Johnson's designs is not a fair comparison. Not to my mind...
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    Canopy by Hilton (née Haymarket Hotel) | Blackstone St | Parcel 9 | Greenway

    ^Agree. I like the restraint on this block, though I remember thinking all the options were interesting. One element I believe they all shared - signage. A big one. I wonder what happened to that? I believe that would work here too.
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    Shreve, Crump & Low Redevelopment | 334-364 Boylston Street | Back Bay

    The list of things we've lost under Brian Golden's leadership is sadly noteworthy. We are nibbling away at the fabric of our city. One does not actually recognize diminishment - a block, a neighborhood, a city - until it's too late. This is not hyperbole. It's time for the Mayor to fire Golden.
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    MIT New 450-bed Residence Hall | 121 Vassar St. | Cambridge

    First, Beeline once again thank you for your wonderful pictures. I've said it before but your hard work on this forum is a reason many of us tune in here. Secondly, it's a little early to say, but you know what... I think I like this. Seems to me an architect has taken a chance. There's every...
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    Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

    ^^Well said. As currently planned. Let's hope it evolves...
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    Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

    So park was dismantled to provide staging area.
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    [HOLD] Hancock Tower III | 380 Stuart Street | Back Bay

    I'm not unhappy. How the corp responsible for JHT could propose this always puzzled me. I hope we get to keep the building that stands handsomely with its neighbors...
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    HN Gorin Hotel Project | 39 Stanhope Street | Back Bay

    A tipping point is only a tipping point when you pass it. I worry Boston is approaching a tipping point. The city seems prepared to sacrifice anything that is not historically noteworthy. Is this building significant, no. The best use of valuable land, no. Architecturally distinguished, no. It...
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    Seaport Square Block N | 350 Summer Street | Seaport

    Though renders can be deceptive, I like this. It seems contextual to my eye, not PoMo. What Johnson did was, well, for lack of a better word, cartoonish. This seems more respectful. I hope the materials pass muster. It's good to see something other than bland walls of glass.
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    Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

    While it may be true about my living in LA-LA Land - my argument was intended to be one about trend. Maybe I flubbed it?
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    Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

    I stand corrected. My mistake. No insult to Burnham intended. However, the building I mean was also preserved for a time. (Remember the gap?) It also had Filenes signs on it. (If I recall, you entered the basement here. Am I wrong? Maybe?) The previous owner, Vornado (believe it was them)...
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    Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

    Here we go again. Another piece of Boston chipped away. Why? How is the park they propose an improvement? It seems to me a generic gesture to the tower under construction, and a snub to the building that fronts the park. Ok, Millenium paid a steep cost and won the competition. (It wasn't...
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    Kenmore Square North | 533 Commonwealth Ave | Fenway

    ^Czervik, nothing incorrect about your assessment of the current building. (As far as I know.) My concern mimics your own. Your word "banal" sums it up. Perfectly. I fear the slow creep of mediocrity intruding in too many places in our city. It is true - not everything can be saved - but not...
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    Kenmore Square North | 533 Commonwealth Ave | Fenway

    I would love to hear Brian Golden at BPDA explain why this is an improvement. Or even a fair trade. Kenmore presents challenges. No doubt. The current building has issues. Okay. Your job is hard. Understood. But trading historical detail for this?
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    South Boston Infill and Small Developments

    BeeLine, once again your continuing record of our city is inspiring me to wander places I would not normally wander. My "South" mostly is the South End. I now intend to explore our other "South." I wonder if this is, perhaps, the best urban story we have in our changing story? As a wise man once...