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Yep. With the exception of building C and a sliver of a park near P it still works. And by moving Day Blvd, there's even more space for development and parks!
I'd like someone with cash to rethink the Corcoran Building just to make more life happen there. Those surface parking lot requirements are awful, arbitrarily assigned relics from a non-scientific formula in a dated code manual from 1946.
Big thing in mine was I deleted the State Police barracks and their almost always empty overflow parking lot on the SE corner of the rotary - unused relics. They go under the highway (there's room, it makes sense) or they can go over to one of the many secret spots they have at the airport. Parks and people first.

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Yep. With the exception of building C and a sliver of a park near P it still works. And by moving Day Blvd, there's even more space for development and parks!
I'd like someone with cash to rethink the Corcoran Building just to make more life happen there. Those surface parking lot requirements are awful, arbitrarily assigned relics from a non-scientific formula in a dated code manual from 1946.
Big thing in mine was I deleted the State Police barracks and their almost always empty overflow parking lot on the SE corner of the rotary - unused relics. They go under the highway (there's room, it makes sense) or they can go over to one of the many secret spots they have at the airport. Parks and people first.

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I love the SPUI and as someone that lives about a 1/2 mile from this cluster****, I despise interchange 14 (old 15) and wonder why this hasn't been implemented by MassDOT.

One challenge to the plan east of the interchange that I want to point out is the grade separation. With both Columbia Rd and Morrissey bridged above the MBTA tracks and Mt Vernon Road respectively, K circle currently sits about 15 ft or so above the surrounding streetscape. I don't think you can lower Morrisey fast enough out of that circle as drawn to accommodate the new T intersection at "parcel P"/ across the street from Hub25 Apts (which are both currently served essentially by frontage roads).

I feel like options and design bandwidth requirements could *possibly* be eased if we could move the northbound side of interchange 14 (both on and off) southward near the old Globe building, ideally hitting Morrisey across from the UMass campus entrance to convert that to a four-way intersection
 
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Extending BeyondRevenues's plan to the 2 circle alternative by lining up William Day Blvd and Mt Vernon in a second circle to the east connected by an extension of Columbia Rd. Day and Vernon should pair up well because they are both local roads. Moving Mt Vernon like this should also make it much easier to develop the section of the site nearest to JFK station.
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Gah! Are we trying to fix a bad situation or make it worse? My main point is/was that Day Blvd is not a highway and should not have been attached to the rotary in the first place. Seems like Pre-93 thinking.
If there would have been a second rotary I would have put it at 93 and Columbia. No room, but there is room for a SPUI.

More housing and daily use services, less highway style. This is not Las Vegas and sprawl should not be done there.

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I love the SPUI and as someone that lives about a 1/2 mile from this cluster****, I despise interchange 14 (old 15) and wonder why this hasn't been implemented by MassDOT.

One challenge to the plan east of the interchange that I want to point out is the grade separation. With both Columbia Rd and Morrissey bridged above the MBTA tracks and Mt Vernon Road respectively, K circle currently sits about 15 ft or so above the surrounding streetscape. I don't think you can lower Morrisey fast enough out of that circle as drawn to accommodate the new T intersection at "parcel P"/ across the street from Hub25 Apts (which are both currently served essentially by frontage roads).

I feel like options and design bandwidth requirements could *possibly* be eased if we could move the northbound side of interchange 14 (both on and off) southward near the old Globe building, ideally hitting Morrisey across from the UMass campus entrance to convert that to a four-way intersection
Okay, good catch cburns. I had completely ignored the Mt. Vernon underpass and the 15 foot rise on the south. I was so happy to send the Troopers packing that I forgot it was there.
So I went into God Mode, expanded the map a bit, and I now declare the old NW-SE running Mt. V. underpass is only for busses, bikes and pedestrians. Bonus, this eliminates the need for the second head house since most of the pedestrians are going to arrive via free BRT in dedicated lanes from the new neighborhood and UMass. I have deemed it thus in my sweeping edict as the Omnipotent Ruler of TKC!
The bus SB turnarounds are going to be just below the old pedestrian overpass, which I removed since the intersections are half as wide now and the Mt.Vernon street underpass does the same thing.
Also, I am making everybody put up a green buffer to Morrissey Blvd. Sorry, I'm God. Don't do it and I will smite you.

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