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stefal

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They got all sorts of special funding and partnerships from Audi (I believe) and others experimenting how to design some of the garages to be later retrofitted into habitable office space.

I will admit, the 3-for-free parking payment structure is very attractive if you're looking for a short trip.. I also have never really noticed any garage being full (sometimes some of them have been nearly empty during peak/dinner, pre-pandemic). It's overkill, IMO.
 

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I see both sides of the parking issue. Obviously, "less is more" pretty much applies all over the city. On the other hand, this area is still an island of development, and still driven as much by the strip mall as by the rest of it. It is virtually unconnected from the rest of the urban neighborhoods in Somerville and surrounding areas, but has extremely easy highway access. I know the Orange line added a stop, which is a huge step in the right direction, but it's tough when your best public transit is a single linear line into the city. I think it would be a tough place to live without a car, as the options are still very limited. Also, let's not forget that each development both adds to the existing demand, while also removing more surface parking to get there. This is kind of a different case from most other neighborhoods, mainly because it is not connected to the urban fabric.
 

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Re: parking; they may be anticipating the redevelopment of the surface lots in the next several years and building out replacement parking capacity in the garages when those go off-line.
 

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related: this is beyond fucked up. with a handful of friends working on these projects i am angry beyond words. 103 ordering members to cross a picket line is reprehensible.
Can you give more context? Not my industry, but to an outsider it's a different union on a different job. Isn't that what union leadership is in place to decide - when to organize and when to stand down? Also- are these contract bids to FRIT on a per-building basis or as part of an MSA?
 

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Is the mall portion staying forever?
How about "it will be the last to go?" (I'm also hoping the state will redevelop its courthouse). The master plan still shows the mall and its lots un-replanned.

Last I saw FRIT had bought KMart out of its lease, making it free to do something different on that end of the mall (it is temporarily leased to Battelle Labs who reprocesses N95 masks for COVID)

AFAIK, the rest of the mall (Trader Joes, etc) is doing great, so they've got a lot of brownfield redev to do and demand to soak up before being tempted to touch the mall. But maybe they peel off he KMart end and build up there?
 

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Can you give more context? Not my industry, but to an outsider it's a different union on a different job. Isn't that what union leadership is in place to decide - when to organize and when to stand down? Also- are these contract bids to FRIT on a per-building basis or as part of an MSA?
solidarity within the trades is what the whole damn thing is based upon. more to the point, the language in that letter - which should never haev been officially put in writing or out in public to be shared - is disgusting.
 

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solidarity within the trades is what the whole damn thing is based upon. more to the point, the language in that letter - which should never haev been officially put in writing or out in public to be shared - is disgusting.
I have no dog in that fight, but throughout that letter, and particularly per point #6 - looks like 103 is pretty pissed 35 wasn't engaged at the onset 2 years ago. Seems to be a schism there. And a very intentionally public schism.
 
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