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    Green Line Reconfiguration

    Pardon my ignorance, but can you describe the route of this "H20 Branch" corridor? Living south of Fresh Pond for two years, I was always struck by the neglected/limbo-like status of the ROW that starts at Huron Ave, and runs southwest for just short of a mile, past Star Market and the exquisite...
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    Revere Infill and Small Developments

    P.S. In a delightful coincidence (as I'm sure a number of you are aware), the most famous rock song ever (though in truth I struggle to think of any others, save Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel of Love") about amusement parks, "Palisades Park," was by Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon (woe unto those who...
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    Revere Infill and Small Developments

    For Baby Boomers growing up on the near [as in, near to Boston] North Shore, the Cyclone was a very. big. deal. My Dad (1946) and my uncle (1944), raised on that fabled rockpile 2 miles due east of Revere Beach, were lucky enough to be taken there frequently by my grandfather during the...
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    General Boston Discussion.

    Dear sweet Jesus... after reading that, yep, I'm gonna go there: "Thesis submitted by A. Hitler in partial fulfillment of the requirement for a degree in architecture, Vienna Academy of Design, 1913." I can only conclude, after absorbing that precious little diatribe, that Silber wasn't...
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    Hartford CT

    Another thing that never changes is Hartford's crushingly punitive CRE tax levy relative to peer cities in New England. Boston, of course, has the envious privilege of being able to set its rate pretty damn low, $26 per $1,000 or whatever it is these days, because its assessed values are so...
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    MBTA Commuter Rail (Operations, Keolis, & Short Term)

    Wonderfully detailed description of the phenomenon, as usual--and yes, obviously I neglected to mention, this gets me irked because it's happening with the sliding-door mechanism chronically failing, such that the outside air is infiltrating. Clearly Keolis must be shamed into action--this calls...
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    MBTA Commuter Rail (Operations, Keolis, & Short Term)

    I don't know why I'm only picking up on this now, for all the hundreds of times I've taken the CR--but I just noticed for the first time, recently, that when trains are negotiating the curve to get into/out of South Station to/from Back Bay, as the individual cars flex and segment themselves--A...
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    Gillette Stadium

    I pray the rest of the Commonwealth's voters aren't as susceptible to such a breathtakingly cynical argument as you are. "inability to use the Olympic bid as a vehicle to produce major infrastructure improvements" is such blatant bribery/manipulation. "Oh, you're worried about massive cost...
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    Gillette Stadium

    Somerville, yes--but have you forgotten about Medford? Dismiss this duo as racist NIMBYite cranks as you may, but I'm assuming there was a fairly sizable cohort of like-minded residents, of roughly equivalent age, socioeconomic, and ethnocultural status, in their neighborhood. Of course I may...
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    Gillette Stadium

    In fact, it's so shamefully, sordidly, abhorrently Simpsons "Monorail!"-style rotten, that back in the day, a Holy Cross professor (I assume F-Line is alluding to him?) became an academic celebrity for devoting his career to studying, exposing, and expounding on the vileness of this graft...
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    Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

    This. Francisco Franco is still dead (and those idiot Spaniards giving a Fascist salute would be well-advised to take a DNA test to discover just how much Moorish ancestry is almost certainly intermingled with their allegedly "pure Spanish" heritage), but the horrors of the 1930s lingering on in...
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    11-21 Bromfield Street | DTX | Downtown

    Slide 46, BROMFIELD STREET LOOKING NORTHWEST/Updated Proposal With Curb 1.) This project is 11 Bromfield Street--and yet the graphic designer mislabeled the doorway with the number "12"--UR DOING IT FAIL, DESIGN TEAM! 2.) In what is either an act of breathtaking cynicism or grotesque...
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    MBTA Commuter Rail (Operations, Keolis, & Short Term)

    2006--when the McCarthy mayoral regime there was but a pup. Now it's 2021, and her government still haven't figured out how to execute on something so basic as this. What's particularly galling about it is said regime has benefited from explosive growth in massive new apartment complexes in...
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    Kenmore Square North | 533-541 Commonwealth Ave | Fenway

    "You know the thing about 533 Commonwealth Ave? It's got lifeless eyes; black eyes... like a doll's eyes. When 533 Commonwealth comes at ya, it doesn't seem to be living... until it bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white..." [with apologies to Captain Quint and his USS Indianapolis...
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    Kenmore Square North | 533-541 Commonwealth Ave | Fenway

    Given that the precast panels are joined together as cheaply as a Lincoln Logs assemblage, clearly our only hope here is that we are in some kind of wormhole to an alternate universe, and that this "project" is actually the product of a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man-sized toddler, who was given a...
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    ACC/NU Residence Hall | 840 Columbus Ave | Northeastern University

    Yet another example of how metro Boston is absolutely crippled by a lack of a regional planning authority. The great commonality between Harvard, BC, Northeastern, MIT, of course, other than their sheer proximity, astronomical tuition, highly-selective nature, rampant growth, endless battles...
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    Pinnacle at Central Wharf (Harbor Garage) | 70 East India Row | Waterfront | Downtown

    I'm assuming the analogy is being made because, allegedly, the international "Boston brand" and the international "Venice brand" are equivalent in that people think of both as being ornaments trapped inside a snowglobe--metropolises overly-reliant on quaint, sentimental perspectives on their...
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    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    Just to be clear, I am not remotely against any enhancement to high-speed intercity rail service in the West. F-Line captured the optimal reasoning: "So if it's sprawl that's cannibalizing scarce resources and playing an outsized role in deepening the water crisis...anything that pushes to...
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    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    Hey, I love to entertain visions of Amtrak trains barreling across rippling amber waves 'o' grain in the Montana Rockies or the Front Range, like some Budweiser ad, as much as the next guy, but--the West is apocalyptically f**ked because of the perma-drought, right now, if business as usual...
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    Oxford Office Bldg. | 125 Lincoln St | Leather District

    4 hours since Equilibria posted the revised renderings... complaints about the degraded aesthetics, complaints about the purposefulness (or lack thereof) of the BCDC. Lots of complaints. No one has noticed that the designer inserted what is clearly His Papiness, David Ortiz, in the bottom...

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