Proposed But Never Built

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Or yet to be built?? As I was doing the"what was proposed and what was built" thread I found I had some of these I,ll add more as I find them and of course add one's you might have! and do I dare put the fan piers,gateway cntr,SST,TNP ect,here?
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Re: proposed but never built

SST probably will still get built, maybe soon, maybe not so soon all depends on capital and the residential market
 

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My heart breaks any time I see Boylston Square. What a loss. And how ironic that Cassin & Winn went to build Columbus Center 'learning from Boylston Square's mistakes', and yet that project is on it's last gasp of air.
 

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I'm really glad none of those North Station towers ever got off the ground. They were ugly as hell.

Boylston Sq :sad:
 

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I get angry when I see that Boylston tower. It could have happened and been awsome, instead a select few got their wish and the city has gone on, but with out something that would have enhanced the city a little bit. And you would have been able to see it from so many different neighborhoods.
 

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Something will eventually be built there. Just wait a while longer...
 

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Reading this site is a bit depressing. Living in Tokyo - a city with a "make it happen" administration and residents who understand that they live in an organic, growing entity otherwise known as a "city" - has opened my eyes to what city growth can be.

Boston, break my heart, will always be filled with "what could have beens".
 

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To be fair, it has always been like this. I was always surprised when Boston would wake up now and then and pull of something spectacular, like filling in the Back Bay, the first subway in America, and the Big Dig. Those projects are very unBostonian yet somehow they were built. It's like the city only has enough will power and energy for one or two HUGE projects ever generation, nothing more.
 

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Nice point rags, personally I'm way more suprised the Pru and the new JHT got built judging by the attitude over there now. It was before my time so I'm curious as to where the neighborhood associations were back then.
 

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Neither the Back Bay nor the South End were so tawny in the 60s. The South end was in a state of flux -- lots of crime. Back then, you could buy an abandoned brownstone for pennies on the dollar. Lots of the Back Bay mansions got cut up into apartments at the same time.

The people who moved into these neighborhoods concurrent to the construction of the Hancock are among those most likely to wet their pants if someone proposes constructing a project taller than a port-a-potty.
 

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To be fair, it has always been like this. I was always surprised when Boston would wake up now and then and pull of something spectacular, like filling in the Back Bay, the first subway in America, and the Big Dig. Those projects are very unBostonian yet somehow they were built. It's like the city only has enough will power and energy for one or two HUGE projects ever generation, nothing more.
That is a very good summation of Boston's history.. a 20-30 year cycle of decay or stagnation, 1-2 grand gestures to kick start things again, and then the activity tails off to another 20-30 years of stagnation. We can train in tons of rock from Dedham to build a city, or boar underneath it to build a tunnel, but we fight over stupid shit like 34 feet from a building (29 Kingston) or newspaper boxes ruining the architectural Disneyland of Boylston Steet.

It would be amazing if people in this city could stop treating everything new with suspicion, stop bickering over the little shit, and actually have a vision of what could be.

Nice point rags, personally I'm way more suprised the Pru and the new JHT got built judging by the attitude over there now. It was before my time so I'm curious as to where the neighborhood associations were back then.
The Pru got build because the city was desperate for white collar jobs at a time the manufacturing base had collapsed and the new service and tech jobs were out in the 'burbs. If the Pike extension hadn't been built, Prudential basically said they were leaving town.
The JHT was objected to for the same reasons any building is today in Back Bay. But it basically became a pissing match between rival insurance companies. Hancock got a bit of an inferiority complex that Pru (the outsider) had made a bigger splash than them on their home turf, and they needed to be better. Because they were the hometown company and willing to make the investment, the objections were quashed.
 

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And if I recall, John Hancock threatened to leave town if they didn't get their tower. Then when they got their tower they left town anyway.
 

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Did anyone see the article in the recent Boston Magazine about proposed projects that were never built? It included among others, a redesign of the Hancock and the Pru, along with an island in the middle of the Charles River.
 

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The island in the Charles was the coolest thing ever. It was Paris and London all in one. I wish it could be built today exactly as planned. But that is dreaming at its most narcotic.
 

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The problem is that if it was built today it would be just another South Boston Waterfront.
 

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It really is a shame that the boston museum was scaled back, I loved that design.

Also it would have been really interesting to see how the canals on Northern ave and the Charles river island would have blended with the cities. Its good to know that there are people with bold ideas, its just too bad none of them are in a position of power to get any of them done.
 

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Did anyone see the article in the recent Boston Magazine about proposed projects that were never built? It included among others, a redesign of the Hancock and the Pru, along with an island in the middle of the Charles River.
What number issue was that in? I like to read that!
 

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I'll check when I'm home, but the cover is a lobster from B&G Oysters.
There's also a good article about the Firefighter's union and Mayor Menino.
 

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