L Street Station Redevelopment (née Old Edison Plant)| 776 Summer Street | South Boston

JumboBuc

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The first thing to realize is nobody actually cares about the housing crisis. It's political lip service to capture the renter voting-bloc during elections.
Or to put it even more cynically, home/condo-owners don't want anything that could lower the value of their investments!
 

shmessy

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This particular site was never going to get all that housing. The Massport easement says ZERO housing, so getting any is a win.
Sure, but at the same time, the article states that office space in this development is going from 340,000 sqft in 2017 to over 524,000+ now. Taken with the cut in residential units, isn't that completely bass-ackwards given the new future post-COVID/remote telecommuting?????????

In reference to the old Gretzky quote - - these folks are following the wrong puck.
 

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Or to put it even more cynically, home/condo-owners don't want anything that could lower the value of their investments!
Is that more cynical? I think the cynical thing here is that our leaders are all landed gentry rather than renters themselves, which is why they don't care that the city is wildly unaffordable.
 

estyle

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Given the concerns about traffic in this area (sort of legitimate given how over-taxed the bus lines are) switching to office is foolish--that's going to create way more traffic impact, even if we permanently switch to a much heavier WFH balance. Having all residential along East First was a nice way to pull the neighborhood into this huge development. Now it feels much more like East First is the edge of the neighborhood and this is the beginning of the Seaport.

Sure, but at the same time, the article states that office space in this development is going from 340,000 sqft in 2017 to over 524,000+ now. Taken with the cut in residential units, isn't that completely bass-ackwards given the new future post-COVID/remote telecommuting?????????

In reference to the old Gretzky quote - - these folks are following the wrong puck.
 

curcuas

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Given the concerns about traffic in this area (sort of legitimate given how over-taxed the bus lines are) switching to office is foolish--that's going to create way more traffic impact, even if we permanently switch to a much heavier WFH balance. Having all residential along East First was a nice way to pull the neighborhood into this huge development. Now it feels much more like East First is the edge of the neighborhood and this is the beginning of the Seaport.
Right, that's how you knew the whole thing was NIMBY bs. The way to reduce traffic demand is housing --- the new residents would walk or take the bus to work. Now we'll have a lot of office, far enough from transit that many will drive.
 

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