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Maybe someone else knows about forums directly, but there are a number of sites/blogs that have a big focus on development and transportation:

  • SocketSite
  • Curbed SF (better content than Boston's, at least as of a few years ago)
  • Hoodline (more "UHub"-like than others)
  • Streetsblog SF (wish we had one here in Boston, tons of Bay Area transportation coverage)

and you should definitely pay attention to SPUR, an active urbanist non-profit.
Awesome, thank you very much! I appreciate the help and will def check out SPUR.
 

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Boston Public Library collections (and the larger Digital Commonwealth Collections)
Tichnor Brothers Postcard Collection
Massachusetts Postcards

And, for that matter, the larger Digital Commonwealth Collections
Kudos to Mass for putting all its gov't works in the public domain, by the way, if you were ever hesitant to post a state-created doc here, don't sweat it: it is in the public domain.

https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/

Per Wikimedia Commons:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:PD-MAGov


Per Mass Sec of State:
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ARC/arcres/residx.htm
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Those records created by Massachusetts government agencies and institutions held by the Massachusetts Archives are not copyrighted and are available for public use. Copyright for materials submitted to state agencies may be held by the person or organization that created the document. Patrons are responsible for clearing copyright on such materials.
 

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Maybe someone else knows about forums directly, but there are a number of sites/blogs that have a big focus on development and transportation:

  • SocketSite
  • Curbed SF (better content than Boston's, at least as of a few years ago)
  • Hoodline (more "UHub"-like than others)
  • Streetsblog SF (wish we had one here in Boston, tons of Bay Area transportation coverage)

and you should definitely pay attention to SPUR, an active urbanist non-profit.
Boston is finally getting a streetsblog! https://jobs.streetsblog.org/jobs/editor-streetsblogmass/ (h/t uhub)

They're hiring a journalist/blogger for Massachusetts transportation/urbanism coverage. I follow their SF/CA stuff – really solid, thorough work (it helps that there are more projects going on there which can be covered...)
 

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Thank you to DowntownDave for recommending:
https://newtrains.today/

Which tracks the newly-arriving Green (Type 9), Orange (#14 014xx), and promises to do Red (#4 019xx) when they become available.
 

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This is a cool website that lets you draw transit lines:
http://www.transitmix.net/
Sorry to bump such an old post, but does anyone know the best way to use something like this now? It's exactly what I need for small personal project, and I can find a bunch of articles from 2014/15 talking about how cool it is, but the website now links to https://www.remix.com/ which requires an institutional license. I found a GitHub page for the project, but I currently only have access to a Windows machine and the setup seems to be for *nix only. The last commit was also on May 16, 2014, so I'm not sure if it's still functional.

EDIT: I found a comment from someone who reached out to them on August 14th 2019, with some disappointing news:
Royyan said:
It is only for agencies now, and they don’t have an actual ‘contact us’ page, it just redirects you to ‘Request a Demo’. I contacted them by sending them a note through that page, and this is the reply I got:

Hey Royyan, this is ——- from Remix. I lead our International team based in Amsterdam now. Got your message on our website last week, and sorry I couldn’t reply earlier.

We currently don’t have any trial / free version of the platform, and since 2015, we have been focused on working with public transport agencies and cities. The reason why we decided to change our strategy and stop offering a free product, is that we believe we can make a bigger impact in the public transport world by building software for their planners and other staff.

Thanks for reaching out and sorry we cannot offer the free version anymore.

Regards!

I would have liked to see it offer two versions: the Pro/Agency/Business version which is paid for and has all the stuff, and a Lite/Amateur/Armchair version, free but with less tools and more focus on single-person projects/lowering focus on connectivity and shared projects. It is very disappointing that this has happened, and I would like some alternative to Transitmix.
 

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I found this project really interesting to contrast density in Boston and compare to other cities: https://garrettdashnelson.github.io/square-density/
Super cool. The densest km^2 in Boston wouldn't even make the top 200 in NYC. Beyond Manhattan, random swaths of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx exceed Boston's highest density levels by a significant margin. Not surprising, maybe, but a very stark reality.

Boston highest density exceeds that of DC, and Boston's curve is fairly in line with Chicago's, a bit lower overall.

LA has some dense areas that far exceed Boston's most dense, but then it falls back into a curve similar to Boston's.

Very interesting.
 

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Super cool. The densest km^2 in Boston wouldn't even make the top 200 in NYC. Beyond Manhattan, random swaths of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx exceed Boston's highest density levels by a significant margin. Not surprising, maybe, but a very stark reality.

Boston highest density exceeds that of DC, and Boston's curve is fairly in line with Chicago's, a bit lower overall.

LA has some dense areas that far exceed Boston's most dense, but then it falls back into a curve similar to Boston's.

Very interesting.
San Francisco was surprisingly denser than I had thought compared to Boston as well.

I wondered if the ink block square km will move up when the Quinn and 100 Shawmut are done, but I read the two projects add just 238 units which hardly moves the needle.I think Seaport will be ~8K people next year which does not break top 25 either. These are all good data points for those who think Boston is way too dense already.
 

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Found this page interesting as it’s a well known site- https://skyscraperpage.com/database/country/2

Boston+Cambridge+Brookline = 421 high rises. This is less than Houston which surprised me. And DC plus suburbs like Arlington, Rockville, Tysons, Alexandria, etc gives Chicago a run which was also surprising to me - even though I understand height is lower but still an indicator of density.
 

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What's your favorite T tracking app (or bookmarked website) in these post Covid days for tracking bus, transit, and commuter trains?
 

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