- Sep 15, 2010
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I't embarrassing stopping at the WTC station (and sometimes the Courthouse stop) with people who have just arrived in BOS from elsewhere. You sit there with the doors open and what feels like crickets chirping.Silver Line between South Station and Logan
It's an inefficient, inadequate and compromised all around waste of money and missed oppurtunity. If you can't do it right, don't do it at all. Those huge shiny stations are ridiculous. All for a freaking bus that trundles along at walking speed. The whole thing pisses me off.
While I agree that the architecture is completely unnecessarily monumental (albeit beautiful, Courthouse, mainly), their main purpose is to serve the ICA, which is unfortunately the only thing down there at the moment worth going to. I really think Louis is going to regret their move to Fan Pier.I't embarrassing stopping at the WTC station (and sometimes the Courthouse stop) with people who have just arrived in BOS from elsewhere. You sit there with the doors open and what feels like crickets chirping.
It's just usually so empty. Hopefully in 15 years we can say, "they were building for the future" as the station will be abuzz with activity (worth of the architecture). Hopefully by then it will be a light rail line pulling into the station too.While I agree that the architecture is completely unnecessarily monumental (albeit beautiful, Courthouse, mainly), their main purpose is to serve the ICA, which is unfortunately the only thing down there at the moment worth going to. I really think Louis is going to regret their move to Fan Pier.
I agree with the nomination for the Silver Line, though. It's pathetic.
As a daily (in the winter anyway) Orange Line commuter once I got over the 1-in-20 or so occurence of a frozen door, the orange line cars are not all that bad, aesthetic atrocities aside. On more than one occasion, seeing a rust freckled beast squeal into a station has led my mind to consider the maintenance that has gone into the millions of miles these have logged over the decades-- its pretty impressive actually, my hat is off to the clever men and women that keep these things held together.While Orange Line rolling stock is unpleasant now to ride on, it has withstood many years of use. I don't think it's fair to throw it into the Hall of Shame.
The reason the Orange Line is the last to get new rolling stock is because it was the last heavy-rail system to have ATC waypoints installed on the tracks. Now that the tracks and tracking system are up-to-date (this is what allows real-time data), new stock can be purchased. This is what the woman at the MBTA told me when I toured the OCC. She said they're expecting to purchase new stock in a few years.
Why should Copley Place be in the Hall of Shame? It's an incredibly successful mall that is linked to an even more successful one, with 2 of Boston's most popular hotels (Westin Copley Place and Boston Marriott: Copley Place) and an office complex. They even linked it to Back Bay, which was brilliant. It's a destination for Boston residents and tourists alike.BUMC Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center (overhangs Mass Ave.)
Copley Plaza Complex
Back Bay Sheraton Boston
Four Seasons Hotel
One Exeter Plaza (Darth Vader Bldg)
Copley BPL Johnson Building
South Bay Mall
Oh c'mon. Those are just suburbia malls. Don't get silly now. Copley Place has a nice mixed-use urban arrangement. On a side note, my favorite mall architecture is Arrowstreet's CambridgeSide Galleria, but looking at Copley Place, everything just works very well. It's just too bad it doesn't have a lot of street retail, but it's in a very awkward situation due to the Mass Pike. I wouldn't put it in the Hall of Fame, but I don't think it's quite Hall of Shame-worthy either.I'm surprised you haven't nominated the Burlington Mall for the Hall of Fame, then. Or is South Shore Plaza more your speed?