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Everyone here thinks that it’s totally fine that Mayor Wu - who is the living, breathing, definition of a NIMBY Minstrel Show - essentially torpedoed this whole project without lifting a finger.

THIS IS THE CONSENSUS

“Well she didn’t exactly say that the project can’t happen and even if she did, who cares? She’s right to do it.”

Another victory for “progressive” NIMBY Bostonians. So, I guess now that the project is dead, Mods should lock this thread. Darn.

On a side note, all the true progressives will be meeting at 3 pm in support of Gaza. I’m sure that’ll make Zionists such as Mayor Wu uncomfortable, but whatevs. Thats the trade off. Her (and everyone else’s) pseudo sensibilities shall continue to be offended.
 
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Agreed . . . which is why this is a golden opportunity to leverage the stadium to get (1) a pedestrian bridge connecting Assembly to the casino/stadium (which would be a significantly shorter walk than from Sullivan), and (2) electrification of the Newbury/Rockport line and an infill station that serves this area. Then redevelop the massive strip mall area behind the casino into a mixed-use TOD. If the state plays its cards right, this could end up being a transit win.
A lot of it depends on how they design the pedestrian route, and where they place the actual entrance to the stadium, but they are actually both about 1 KM (using an imaginary pedestrian crossing for Assembly). Ultimately, though, Sullivan is a better place to focus on pedestrian upgrades, because it's the only location near there where a commuter rail station would work.
 
Everyone here thinks that it’s totally fine that Mayor Wu - who is the living, breathing, definition of a NIMBY Minstrel Show - essentially torpedoed this whole project without lifting a finger.

THIS IS THE CONSENSUS

“Well she didn’t exactly say that the project can’t happen and even if she did, who cares? She’s right to do it.”

Another victory for “progressive” NIMBY Bostonians. So, I guess now that the project is dead, Mods should lock this thread. Darn.

No part of this is true. Wu did not torpedo the project. The project is not dead.

She pointed out that it was absurd for Kraft to think he could negotiate an entire approval and benefits agreement with one of two municipalities in which is parcel would sit, while ignoring the other and not even telling them about the negotiations until the MOA was signed. As long as the border is where it is, she is entirely right do do this.

Boston deserves its own CBA with Kraft. It will get one if Kraft really wants to build here.

And just so we're clear: ain't nothing progressive about a billionaire's soccer palace next to a billionaire's casino (both billionaires, FWIW, support Trump).
 
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FIFA publishes it's "Stadium Guidelines." I'd assume the facility will meet the minimums to allow for international competitions.


The MLS has a "Venue Design Guide" but they don't make it public. If I happen to be the city of Boston/Everett, I'd request that it be submitted with the MOA.

MLS Venue Design Guide: The MLS Venue Design Guide contains general design requirements and recommendations for minimum standards for MLS stadiums, including:
  • Seating Capacity;
  • Television Camera Positions;
  • Press Facilities;
  • Locker Rooms; and
  • Playing Field.
MLS Training Site Design Guide: The MLS Training Site Design Guide contains general design requirements and recommendations for minimum standards for Team training sites, including:
  • Site Accessibility;
  • Broadcast and Media;
  • Press Facilities;
  • Team Facilities; and
  • Playing Field.
 
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The walk to/from Sullivan Station (14 minutes) is pleasant. Does the rotary at Sullivan Square suck? Yes—preach. Does the traffic suck on Alford Street Bridge? Not as bad as the intersections it serves, but could certainly improve.

Has City of Boston/MassDOT begun designing and funding improvements at Sullivan Square, Rutherford, Cambridge Street, Mystic Ave, and Maffa Way? Yes.

Does MBTA/MassDOT have a Silver Line Extension Study with preference for transit signal prioritized dedicated bus lanes, and bus network redesign plans for round the clock bus service frequency along Broadway/Alford street? Yes.

Has City of Everett successfully pounced on MA Gaming Commission Community Mitigation funding for further build out of the bike-ped network along the Mystic River? Yes.

Have Cities of Everett and Chelsea jointly applied for $50M FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure on Coastlines (BRIC) grant to protect their waterfronts from rising sea level concerns? Yes. Has City of Boston done the same through other funding mechanisms and private investment? Yes (including as mitigation for new Mystic front development in Charlestown).

Is the proposed stadium consistent with DeMaria administration goals to transform a contaminated, neglected, dirty industrial waterfront into a high visibility, vibrant, sustainably-designed entertainment destination? Absolutely.

A dynamic city is never done. The work is continuing, and the need to identify and do more will always be there. But the enemy of dynamism is a rebuke of imagination. My plea for skeptic stakeholders resigned to the status quo: please keep an open mind.
 
The electric substations are not going away. So you'll drive between a 345kV substation (left) and a 115kV substation (right) on your way into the stadium (if they utilize the existing curb cut). Of course, I'd expect the pedestrian entrance to be along the harborwalk.
 
The electric substations are not going away. So you'll drive between a 345kV substation (left) and a 115kV substation (right) on your way into the stadium (if they utilize the existing curb cut). Of course, I'd expect the pedestrian entrance to be along the harborwalk.
For a dream scenario, if the substation could be moved, the scrapyard scrapped, the Aggregate thing gone, etc., along this waterfront all the way to the state park in Chelsea, and the Wynn builds its next hotel casino on the power plant property like it has implied, and Kraft gets his stadium only Olympic sized, I see Boston getting the Olympics and all of this area becoming much more. Usually after an Olympics build the area becomes a ghost town. But not here and not Boston.
 
And just so we're clear: ain't nothing progressive about a billionaire's soccer palace next to a billionaire's casino (both billionaires, FWIW, support Trump).
A stadium would be progressive in the sense that it would trigger further redevelopment of Everett, and hopefully motivate the Chelsea Silver Line to be extended thru Everett to Sullivan Sq. The economic benefits to Everett that the stadium would bring include creation of local jobs, also it would probably spur additional residential development (including low income units), and it would prompt further redevelopment of Everett's industrial wasteland. It would be a game changer (no pun intended) for Everett.
 
The Silver Line is just a bus. It's just more traffic. 75 more people stuck in gridlock.
 
Are there any other NASL stadiums that basically have zero parking and are not within 1,500 feet or so of mass transit?
 
For a dream scenario, if the substation could be moved, the scrapyard scrapped, the Aggregate thing gone, etc., along this waterfront all the way to the state park in Chelsea, and the Wynn builds its next hotel casino on the power plant property like it has implied, and Kraft gets his stadium only Olympic sized, I see Boston getting the Olympics and all of this area becoming much more. Usually after an Olympics build the area becomes a ghost town. But not here and not Boston.

The citizens of Boston voted to kill the Olympic bid for 2024. Even under your hypothetical dream scenario, they'd probably still vote against a Boston Olympics. The city doesn't need it or want it.
 
No part of this is true. Wu did not torpedo the project. The project is not dead.

She pointed out that it was absurd for Kraft to think he could negotiate an entire approval and benefits agreement with one of two municipalities in which is parcel would sit, while ignoring the other and not even telling them about the negotiations until the MOA was signed. As long as the border is where it is, she is entirely right do do this.

Boston deserves its own CBA with Kraft. It will get one if Kraft really wants to build here.

And just so we're clear: ain't nothing progressive about a billionaire's soccer palace next to a billionaire's casino (both billionaires, FWIW, support Trump).
“The project is not dead.”

You’re new around Boston, aren’t you? But seriously, I hope that you’re right and that this is just textbook posturing on her end. However, I’ve seen this movie play out and I don’t like the ending.

FWIW, I don’t support any political party or politician at this point. Kraft is a horrible human being on so many levels. He’s a Zionist and a human trafficker. However, he should be able to build without generational NIMBYism standing in his way.

I get it. I’m a hothead. But I’m passionate about Boston getting over its NIMBY way of life. I’m glad that people are starting to grow up a little bit on these issues. The Olympics were just poorly planned and that’s a whole other can of worms.

I enjoy sports. I enjoy watching sports live and at home. It’s not who I am as a person. However, I would love to see the inner belt build something other than a brick hotel, unaffordable condos, and/or biotech. It’s the same formula in terms of planning around here and there is no light at the end of the tunnel on these grand endeavors.

What grinds my gears is that whenever Boston starts to shed its skin, the people immediate go back into that NIMBY mindset. I think Mayor Wu’s election was a referendum from comfortable residents who weren’t quite ready for drastic change.

A few days ago, I saw a few people in Boston said to me when I posted this on my feed, some of the older Boston people said about the proposed Revs said “It’s about time.” Another said “I think Boston is ready this time for another stadium.”
 
“The project is not dead.”

You’re new around Boston, aren’t you? But seriously, I hope that you’re right and that this is just textbook posturing on her end. However, I’ve seen this movie play out and I don’t like the ending.

FWIW, I don’t support any political party or politician at this point. Kraft is a horrible human being on so many levels. He’s a Zionist and a human trafficker. However, he should be able to build without generational NIMBYism standing in his way.

I get it. I’m a hothead. But I’m passionate about Boston getting over its NIMBY way of life. I’m glad that people are starting to grow up a little bit on these issues. The Olympics were just poorly planned and that’s a whole other can of worms.

I enjoy sports. I enjoy watching sports live and at home. It’s not who I am as a person. However, I would love to see the inner belt build something other than a brick hotel, unaffordable condos, and/or biotech. It’s the same formula in terms of planning around here and there is no light at the end of the tunnel on these grand endeavors.

What grinds my gears is that whenever Boston starts to shed its skin, the people immediate go back into that NIMBY mindset. I think Mayor Wu’s election was a referendum from comfortable residents who weren’t quite ready for drastic change.

A few days ago, I saw a few people in Boston said to me when I posted this on my feed, some of the older Boston people said about the proposed Revs said “It’s about time.” Another said “I think Boston is ready this time for another stadium.”
Kraft was never involved in human trafficking, nor was anyone else at his handjob parlor. He’s probably the only NFL owner who actually engages in consensual sex with adults.
 
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Kraft was never involved in human trafficking, nor was anyone else at his handjob parlor. He’s probably the only NFL owner who actually engages in consensual sex with adults.
Oh you’re serious?

Anyways, Kraft is far from perfect, and I disagree with his political views. But he is a great marketer. He has two legendary products that people enjoy. I don’t like the Jacobs family either but I’ll gladly rock my black and gold.
 
Oh you’re serious?

Anyways, Kraft is far from perfect, and I disagree with his political views. But he is a great marketer. He has two legendary products that people enjoy. I don’t like the Jacobs family either but I’ll gladly rock my black and gold.
Would you believe that a bunch of brain dead cops in Jupiter Florida lied about their case to a very receptive press corps? And then a few months later it came out that Kraft’s masseuse was a 60 year old licensed masseuse with American citizenship. None of the women claimed to be trafficked, even after the DA switched sides and charged them (the women they were pretending to save!) with prostitution.
 
(He joined aB in 2007). Also you’ve mentioned Zionists twice today. Germane to architecture and urbanism of course. It gets spicy around here on Friday nights

1) There’s a scarcity for jokes and sarcasm around aB.

2) You’re right. I should mention them some more.

3) I’m Arabic and Latino. I can get waaaaaay spicer! ;-)
 
Agreed . . . which is why this is a golden opportunity to leverage the stadium to get (1) a pedestrian bridge connecting Assembly to the casino/stadium (which would be a significantly shorter walk than from Sullivan), and (2) electrification of the Newbury/Rockport line and an infill station that serves this area. Then redevelop the massive strip mall area behind the casino into a mixed-use TOD. If the state plays its cards right, this could end up being a transit win.
i thought the bridge from Draw 7 to Casino was already in the works? I suppose the remainder is a bridge from the north head house down to the Draw 7?
 
Would you believe that a bunch of brain dead cops in Jupiter Florida lied about their case to a very receptive press corps? And then a few months later it came out that Kraft’s masseuse was a 60 year old licensed masseuse with American citizenship. None of the women claimed to be trafficked, even after the DA switched sides and charged them (the women they were pretending to save!) with prostitution.

If I remember correctly, didn't they plant the cameras under the guise of a bomb threat?

Anyways, no need to worry about a practice facility for the team in the general vicinity of this potential new stadium. Kraft built a brand new facility for the Revs at Gillette a few years ago.

As an aside, I wouldn't be surprised if a few teams base themselves in Boston for the 2026 World Cup.
 

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