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  1. Life Coach Mike

    LaGrange Tower | 47-55 LaGrange St. | Theater District

    Strange that the majority of windows on this look out to...nothing. Why would anyone want to live there, on one of the most densely developed narrow street in the city, tucked literally into a parking lot? Oh, I get it. It's going to be converted into a lab/research building where views are...
  2. Life Coach Mike

    Revere Infill and Small Developments

    My father always told us the story of a friend of his who daringly stood up at the peak of the Cyclone....and sadly fell to his death. Glad it was his memory and not mine. I just remember the fun of being at "The Beach"....when I was four a nice man gave me a yellow and green wooden yoyo he had...
  3. Life Coach Mike

    Kenmore Square North | 533-541 Commonwealth Ave | Fenway

    What we we just ignored this until we can get a completed nighttime shot with the windows illumined. And then put the whole mess out of our minds. (sorry to those who must traverse the square.) Maybe the planned tower will wash away this nightmare (or create total psychosis if it gets VE's to...
  4. Life Coach Mike

    MIT East Campus - Kendall Square Gateway | Cambridge

    Recent building in Kendall has been very pleasing to my eye, substantial and wonderfully 'normal' looking for their context. They excel in neither trying to be noticed nor blending into sameness, but in creating a 21st century neighborhood norm that still relates to the many 20th C examples...
  5. Life Coach Mike

    archBOSTON Update: A New Dawn

    I don't care a whit about the logo. Only the content of the posts interest me. So go wild and recreate to your heart's content!
  6. Life Coach Mike

    "The Garage" | 36 JFK Street | Harvard Square | Cambridge

    Wasn't that the location of the Spaghetti Emporium, or some such? The food was lousy (for my Italian American tastes) but it was innovative at the time to offer cheap and filling meals way before ersatz Italian chains came into being. If you recall it's opening, then you're over 65!
  7. Life Coach Mike

    One Post Office Square Makeover and Expansion | Financial District

    It appears from the pics that the struts holding up the new curtain wall are attached to the structural framework and that the concrete panels, and thus the old window openings, will be removed as the work progress, increasing the light/space.
  8. Life Coach Mike

    Commonwealth Pier Revitalization (née Seaport WTC)| 200 Seaport Boulevard | Seaport

    From what I can research the entire pier and headhouse were erected in 1901, in part to accommodate the huge ocean liners of the day. The only change that I can see is the front portico that juts out on the first story was at some point opened up to create more of an arcade with more than twice...
  9. Life Coach Mike

    The Aubrey | 149-153 Newbury Street | Back Bay

    So what is this saying, #3 is the final design approved after all?
  10. Life Coach Mike

    Greystar | 35 Garvey Street | Everett

    Great project! Hopefully it will be a catalyst for the renewal of the entire area. I admire those who will venture to live there....it's like setting up camp in the wilderness; I can think of few uglier non-residential areas in which to build. I wonder what provisions will be in place ongoing...
  11. Life Coach Mike

    Commonwealth Pier Revitalization (née Seaport WTC)| 200 Seaport Boulevard | Seaport

    Don't blame you for not knowing the details behind urban planning in Boston. The airport is why the entire seaport district is "stumpville" with no variation in heights once the design has reached set limits for the flight paths. That and shadows over the Common and Public Garden determine...
  12. Life Coach Mike

    Kenmore Square North | 533-541 Commonwealth Ave | Fenway

    Xec: I agree completely and have been following the fate of Boston trees for 5 decades. The streets of Boston and beyond used to be covered in American Elms and and many Black Walnut trees. We all know what happed to those. Bugs and fungus killed them off and denuded many of Boston's...
  13. Life Coach Mike

    Kenmore Square North | 533-541 Commonwealth Ave | Fenway

    I also hate the way that the silly angling of the window bays actually flatten out the corner of the streets and make the building look like a flat blob trying to attract attention to itself. Only it's the wrong kind of attention. This is one of those buildings that will look better in a...
  14. Life Coach Mike

    BU Data Sciences Center | 665 Commonwealth Avenue | BU Central

    Actually after college I had 5 more years deferment with grad school and then took 10 years to pay off the $1400 in loans at 3%....had to pay around $40 a QUARTER! Of course that was nearly 50 years ago!
  15. Life Coach Mike

    Children's Hospital Building | Longwood

    The good news, most people will be too preoccupied with illness and getting well to notice. And the neighborhood is simply one big hospital complex anyway.
  16. Life Coach Mike

    Raffles Boston (40 Trinity Place) | 426 Stuart Street | Back Bay

    Great point Shmessy, though the issue is not just for high end empty nesters. I am now 69. I got married in 2014 and after both of us sold small homes in Malden, we moved to Tampa where we bought a house 3 times the size (2300 sqf, 4/2, pool, in an established neighborhood built in '84) of...
  17. Life Coach Mike

    BU Data Sciences Center | 665 Commonwealth Avenue | BU Central

    Don't tell me I've been misquoting my tuition (as a commuter) for 50 years? I'm not counting any room and board. I recall getting a no financial aid until my second year. I paid my first year cash with $500 high school scholarship from Woburn Rotary Club and the rest, with books thrown in, from...
  18. Life Coach Mike

    BU Data Sciences Center | 665 Commonwealth Avenue | BU Central

    Yeah, tuition in 1970: $750 for the year! By 1974 it rose to the astronomical amount of $1250.00! I ended up with $1000 in student govt. loans at 3%. Wow!
  19. Life Coach Mike

    BU Data Sciences Center | 665 Commonwealth Avenue | BU Central

    Piece of trivia re: Warren Towers. When I attended BU in 1970-4 it was labeled "700" Comm. Ave. The number resembled "ZOO" and so it was called for many years until they replaced the number with lettered words for the address. It lived up to its name. I'm happy the triple towers are finally...

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