Echelon Seaport | 133-135 Seaport Blvd | Seaport

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Hard to imagine anything new successfully competing with the Back Bay. Is that really such a bad thing? Architects and developers today seem uninterested in the design and urban touchstones (rules?) of the past. Cost plays a role, for sure. It is what it is, has been for a long time, so be it. However, we might ultimately enjoy a unique district that is a vivid contrast to our beloved historical Boston. Not fair to judge too harshly when the place is still in the making, still much to do. But to my eye, the quality of materials and the design choices are improving. Hopefully, crowds will follow. Fingers crossed.
 

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I agree with the critique of the generic blue glass boxes and the sense of impermanence. In that sense the Seaport will never be the Back Bay. I was thinking more of the pedestrian urban
experience than the architecture. Strolling along the Harborwalk from the courthouse to Pier 4 (and eventually the upgraded WTC and maybe someday Drydock 4) is — at least for me — on a par with strolling down the Comm Ave. mall or the Esplanade. The number and variety of public activities available (shopping, dining, entertainment, etc.) already compares favorably to Back Bay and will probably increase in the future (just pretend you've never heard of COVID-19). The proposed Summer St. Steps and Harbor Walk might (or might not, but let's be optimistic) turn out to be a pleasant mashup of Newbury St. and Quincy Market. I haven't been in the Seaport for over a year, but last time I was there I saw people strolling about who looked like they enjoyed being there, bad architecture notwithstanding. That sense of enjoyment provided by the built environment is where I think the Seaport could become the next Back Bay (again ignoring the Sword of COVID-19 hanging over our heads)
You're not wrong. The architecture is only half the puzzle. The urban design is what really completes it, and I commend the Seaport on that focus.
Just biked around there today actually and saw plenty of people walking the harbor.
 

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It's a nice choice for cladding and I think that the whole series of Echelon buildings are doing a good job at the base/ground level from what's been done so far.
 

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I was waiting to hear some announcements about ground floor retail here for a while- I'm guessing with COVID there may not be a rush of retailers trying to come in.
 

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Anyone know how often Google updates their 3D map view? That's where I've been spending way too much time the past few months doing some virtual exploring of the city.
It'd be nice to see and compare the Seaport developments in a more current state. This parcel is totally flat in the existing version.
 

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Id like to know too it drives me crazy. I use apple maps which I like better and tried googling it before and couldnt find any info on update schedues. The top down satellite view is always more current but even thats getting pretty outdated now.
 
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Anyone know how often Google updates their 3D map view? That's where I've been spending way too much time the past few months doing some virtual exploring of the city.
It'd be nice to see and compare the Seaport developments in a more current state. This parcel is totally flat in the existing version.
I know no one uses Bing maps but if you go into their aerial view then right click on something and select view birds eye they have some quite up to date stuff, just not nearly as slick to navigate around as the Google maps stuff. Microsoft has been doing a bunch of birds eye aerial photography for their new flight sim so its very up to date.

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