Based on the blink-and-you'll-miss-it spider map shown at around 1:28. It's. . .Accidentally landed on this Youtube today and I am shellshocked. What a magnificent concept!!!!!!
Yes. The word used was “concept”.Based on the blink-and-you'll-miss-it spider map shown at around 1:28. It's. . .
That's...uhhh...a pretty wack routing. Bizarre co-mingling of the studied-out Urban Ring with some sort of "mid-ring" (66/86) that's not remotely the same thing for what demand (Kenmore, BU, Kendall) it omits. And sprouts some of the early-2000's most warmed-over and pollyanaish "perfect BRT" talking points on streets woefully short of the functional width for implementing that. But more bizarrely it spends very little time talking about its own transit concept before waxing poetic for several minutes on real estate development at the 5-story stations with medical offices and greenspace, greenspace, greenspace. Cool and metaverse-y graphics...but seemed like the stock footage was driving the narration more than the conceptual development of the actual transit line.
- Urban Ring Southwest quadrant...at least the Brookline Village-to-Nubian via Longwood part, but no Kenmore
- Urban Ring Nubian-JFK spur, traced out faithfully...but not the South Boston "mainline" SE quadrant
- 66 bus to Harvard instead of Urban Ring NW quadrant BU-Kendall + Harvard spur...and a weird bulb-out to Boston Landing instead of West Station
- 86 bus Harvard-Sullivan, almost verbatim...via Union Square instead of Kendall
From the video description it says this was a design school project. I'm not sure I'd read much more into it than that given how deeply it goes off its own script with shiny-ball stuff, and where it seems to misconstrue very very well-studied transit demand like the core Urban Ring routing.
Absolutely, BR. Hell, I’m even fine with the health centers being BELOW the stations. Simply the concept of moving the traffic clusterfuck machines that are our patient medical centers out of the downtown core and to mass transit heavy centers along a periphery ring is an urban efficiency concept that is intriguing.Wait... was there a baby in that bathwater?
I get it shmessy. The concept of over-street development should be on the table... especially for how many pedestrian impassible streets there are. I can think of tons of suitable places where I'd rather walk through a productive warm building than be frozen/soaked/windblown on an pedoverpass.
Though, as per usual, the designers 'Ring' is neglectful of Everett and Chelsea (because they don't get sick?) and uses The Ring merely as a lever to talk about the shiny-shiny. Yet another design student unwittingly pandering to affluenza.
But honestly, you have to expect the knives to come out on aB for anything that looks as vaporware-y as this. We're too hurt, man. So many grand plans... slain before they got off the vellum.
It ain't you man. It's the vid.