Was just thinking the same thing - Boston is on a roll and has been for quite a while now!Wow, another proposal!! Boston is killing it with all this new, massive, mixed use development. Between this, the Domino Sugar proposal, Allston Yards, the L Street Station development in South Boston, along with all the others under construction, the city continues to remake itself! All of this is incredible!
"A whole lot of nothing" is the phrase I use for aggressive mediocrity like this. And apparently the lot lines are lava?Massing is similar to the garbage going up around New Balance. It's amazing how they can put in so much stuff and have it feel so desolate and empty. Not urban, just big.
I'm going to start a counter for how many times I've read that something is better than what's currently there on this board recently. I don't find it to be a good excuse on an architecture forum. This is a very substantial development/essentially a new neighborhood block - why settle for barely better-than-a-private-college-residential-campus? Or for projects around here that are replacing a parking lot/gas station/strip-mall, of course any kind of building is going to be better - I'm sure the architect would be flattered to hear their building has a little bit more design sense than a slab of asphalt, and that they should be praised for that. Sure, it's taller/denser, provides more tax revenue, and has a visual impact over the 3-4 story buildings there now, but the planning and design is really rough.Cool architecture, fits in well with Longwood, and another 300' building for the area is nothing to scoff at. While I agree a street wall would be good, the one that exists there now is pretty terrible so this will actually be a huge improvement over that:
Just massing models, fortunately, but the massing is definitely concerning. As others have mentioned, a street wall would be a great way to enhance that section of Brookline Ave., which is right now pretty much a pass through zone, rather than a place where people actually want to be. My other big objection is in the name. They named it after an actual location that is a few blocks away. That seems hugely dishonest.My first reaction is.... not good..