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  1. fattony

    Suffolk Downs Redevelopment | East Boston

    Pretty poor ground floor activation in that render. Looks like how we used to build in Kendall 20+ years ago. There is a big fancy plaza across the street with a little kiosk. That would be a decent amenity for an office park, but pretty bad urbanism in my opinion. Do better please. Maybe, if...
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    Green Line Reconfiguration

    Not a bad idea, if and only if you want Porter to be the end of the line forever.
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    State Street HQ | One Congress | Bulfinch Crossing | West End

    I bit the bullet and bought a ticket! This is going to be awesome
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    Yet another Virtual Public Hearing on the Charles F. Hurley Building

    Yep. These two buildings are an exercise in minimizing floorplate area. That really speaks to the prevailing attitude at the time.
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    State Street HQ | One Congress | Bulfinch Crossing | West End

    I’ve just started biking to work downtown. The view from the N. Washington bridge is completely transformed from just a few years ago. It’s spectacular and it shows just how much growth we can achieve without resorting to sprawl.
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    I agree with all of this. East Somerville is not a good choice for this station. Whatever associations people have with the name Brickbottom today, it would be completely redefined within a few years of the station opening. East Somerville is a well defined community centered on Broadway nearly...
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    State Street HQ | One Congress | Bulfinch Crossing | West End

    HDR perhaps? It can make things look cartoonish.
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    Watertown Mall Redevelopment | 550 Arsenal Street | Watertown

    I agree that Harvard is preferable for its destination draw, but Central is not a terrible consolation prize. Those Harvard-bound commuters will transfer to outbound RL trains in the morning, which are significantly emptied out after passing Kendall. And vice versa in the evening. A Harvard...
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    South Station Tower | South Station Air Rights | Downtown

    So to be clear, the T is doing everything they legally can to maximize their air pollution?
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    State Street HQ | One Congress | Bulfinch Crossing | West End

    You mean the parking lot with CuppaCoffee?
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    South Station Tower | South Station Air Rights | Downtown

    That amount of soot is disturbing. That building went up in 1995. It's not like it goes back to the steam era. Can we make a real effort at electrification, please?
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    I suppose a better approach would be for the inspector to have a gun and shoot the scofflaw dead, right there on the train?
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    Nuba ( Parcel 8) | 429 Melnea Cass Blvd | Nubian Sq | Roxbury

    I like the small format retail arcade. I can think of 100 better places to put it than M Cass, but it’s the kind of thing I wish we saw in the Seaport or North Station. Everywhere really.
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Looking more at the new spider map, I see they fixed one of my pet peeves: the bizarre wide, sweeping curve in the green line between Haymarket and North Station. It’s been replaced with two 45 degree turns so that the green and orange run parallel for that segment. Looks much better IMO.
  15. fattony

    Federal Government - 2021

    I cannot figure out what the heck you mean. What revolution? Like communists?
  16. fattony

    Infrastructure for Personal Electric Vehicles (non-autonomous) in Boston

    Whatever happened to the battery swapping concept? Is that still a thing? Seems like swapping batteries at a service station is a good solution for urban drivers. It is something you can imagine doing in the range of 10 minutes or less. I recall Musk putting on some demo years ago where is it...
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    Melnea Cass Blvd

    They can't see the forest for the... oh never mind.
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    Federal Government - 2021

    Good riddance. I am not a fan of Pollack, at least not what she has (failed to) achieve at MassDOT.
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Kendall would be better than Central. Tack on Lechmere and Sullivan for extra credit. But that idea works well as BRT-ish. It certainly doesn’t need to be HRT. There have been lots of ideas in this and other threads over the years including branches off of the Mass Ave BRT spine (e.g. to Kenmore...

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