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  1. HenryAlan

    Winthrop Center | 115 Winthrop Square | Financial District

    The blue is an effective counterpoint to the brown, while at the same time complimenting it. But I agree, time to add a third color to the skyline!
  2. HenryAlan

    North Washington St Bridge

    It's really depressing to see the word repair show-up, not once, but twice, on a description of new construction activities.
  3. HenryAlan

    New Haven

    Back when that was the closest Ikea, I used to go down to that part of New Haven fairly often, never realized that was a hotel. Really cool building in my opinion, nice to see some updating take place that doesn't detract from the external shell.
  4. HenryAlan

    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    One thing to keep in mind about the repeated pulling from service of these new cars, is that the 'T has enough old trains to be able to pull the entire new fleet. For this reason, I think that's the default safety protocol whenever something happens that requires investigation. It's quite...
  5. HenryAlan

    The Brookliner | 5 Washington Street | Brighton

    I find the name rather offensive. Way to slap Brighton hard in the face.
  6. HenryAlan

    Iron Works | 323-365 Dorchester Ave | South Boston

    It could definitely become an interesting and vibrant corridor leading toward the Seaport. My hope for this stretch of Dot Ave would be something similar to what has happened to Boylston St. in the Fenway. It's very similar to what that area was like 20 years ago. Samuels got things right...
  7. HenryAlan

    BU Data Sciences Center | 665 Commonwealth Avenue | BU Central

    I've always liked it, but it took me a while to decide whether I liked it at this location. At first I didn't think it was the right place for such a building, but now I think it's just right.
  8. HenryAlan

    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    Electrification and EMU service seems unlikely. But I do think it's pretty likely we'll see a full fledged Foxboro schedule by then. So, not shiny new EMUs, but frequently scheduled trains. That should really cover the kind of connectivity to Boston needed for World Cup purposes.
  9. HenryAlan

    South Station Tower | South Station Air Rights | Downtown

    Three air rights projects -- phase 2 of One Kenmore is also under way.
  10. HenryAlan

    MGM Music Hall (née Fenway Theater) | 12 Lansdowne St | Fenway

    It is interesting that they chose not to replicate that pattern, but the way I look at it, is it is two separate buildings, built 110 years apart, but with the second one meant to evoke the same era. If they had both been built around the same time, it's pretty likely different architects would...
  11. HenryAlan

    1400 Boylston Street | Star Market & Gulf | Fenway

    I actually kind of like this. I'd prefer a bit more façade differentiation on the back "towers", but I definitely like the way the corner piece steps up from the park as if terraced landscaping. Remains to be see whether we actually see that effect, but as rendered, it's a cool concept.
  12. HenryAlan

    New Haven

    Without getting too far off topic, what was your impression of the canal trail? I'm considering riding a good chunk of it this fall, but don't know anybody who has personal experiences on it.
  13. HenryAlan

    Allston Yards (Stop and Shop) | 60 Everett St | Allston

    It's disappointing to see that this will no long feature local coffee, going instead with the tired and ubiquitous coffee bar.
  14. HenryAlan

    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    We also have to consider that the T is somewhat unusual in that there is no ability to mix rolling stock among different services. The point of the electric track maps is versatility. But in a system with no versatility, why bother?
  15. HenryAlan

    MBTA Bus & BRT

    So you think the 'T has the full financial details for the other garage that somebody else built? Even then if they did, and gave it to you, would you be able to tell what expenses related to different site conditions and project needs, verses what was simply incompetence or graft?
  16. HenryAlan

    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    An OLX that goes beyond Roslindale Square would be at least four stops. Once you get past Roslindale, you are talking about full Needham Line replacement. That would mean OLX stops to replace service at Roslindale, Belvue, Highland, West Roxbury, with GLX handling Needham. I suppose you could...
  17. HenryAlan

    MBTA Bus & BRT

    At a guess, the two projects are less similar than they seem to those of us in the armchair transit planning world. The fact that the two bids came in even higher seems to confirm that it's really an apples to orange comparison.
  18. HenryAlan

    Parcel 12 | Massachusetts Avenue at Boylston Street | Back Bay

    Nah, you can take it how you want, but I'm sick of people who don't live here demanding things of the city that go against the needs of actual residents. I don't give a damn about site lines enjoyed by commuters on the Pike, it makes no impact whatsoever on the lives of people who live here.
  19. HenryAlan

    Parcel 12 | Massachusetts Avenue at Boylston Street | Back Bay

    Yep. I feel this one pretty much captures the issue: If you think of the city as a place to astonish and wow yourself when you visit from elsewhere, then you likely can't understand the importance of this building. But for those of us who spend our lives here, this is a transformational project...

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