The Vinyl | 449 Cambridge Street | Allston

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2 residential buildings with some first floor retail at Cambridge/Emery:


Perkins+Will is a good firm. Can't say I find these buildings attractive.
 

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My favorite quote from the PNF:

"Boston has reduced the speed limit on all City streets to 25mph which qualifies them to be safe for cyclists with or without a designated bike lane."

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My favorite quote from the PNF:

"Boston has reduced the speed limit on all City streets to 25mph which qualifies them to be safe for cyclists with or without a designated bike lane."

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Ugh.
 
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I agree, these buildings are butt ugly. They must just throw a dart at a color wheel and oops it landed on neon piss yellow, I guess that's our accent color..
 

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I think they look OK. Better than some of the other crap getting built around her.

Anyone know the story with the massive PoMo apartment complex on North Beacon, just beyond the Model? It seems so out of place and also not especially public housing-y so I just don't see how and also why it got built in this location ~30 years ago.
 

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Love these. Fresh, creative, bold. This is next generation design that is long, long overdue in stodgy Boston. The ground floor of the red and white could use some tweaking though, it's a bit closed off.
 

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Just my opinion, but these are full of the same tired design tropes we've seen for the last 10 years. There's nothing creative about them at all and adding some wild colors doesn't fool me a bit, in fact it may make it worse.
 

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The yellow and gray is the same old design trope the pink and white is actually something different, but I agree overall. I do think these colors would probably look fine in person vs that green/grey pos in forest hills.
 

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The really, really tired design trope is the building with the first few floors the same color/material and the top floor a different color/material. Bay window sections are then added (for "variety" and "contextualism") along with random, unnecessary setbacks (to break up the "overwhelming" mass.) Oh and an exaggerated, oversized cornice to suggest that old-timey look. This has been going on for years now and is the constipated template for at least half of all residential projects. Ugh.
 

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Just my opinion, but these are full of the same tired design tropes we've seen for the last 10 years. There's nothing creative about them at all and adding some wild colors doesn't fool me a bit, in fact it may make it worse.

Agreed. And what's with that one red car just perpendicularly parked in the bike lane?
 

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Well, 7 stories is better than 3~4.
As to it's looks. Far less important (probably) than the needed housing.
 
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Well, 7 stories is better than 3~4.
Honestly, with all the projects proposed / under construction on Cambridge Street between Harvard Ave & Union Sq, that quarter-mile stretch will look completely different 5-10 years from now. Nearly unrecognizable, and a much denser, urban feel. From mostly auto-shops / dealerships to mixed-use / residential. Exciting!

  • 449 Cambridge Street (pending)
  • 450 Cambridge Street (completed)
  • Allston Square (pending)
  • 398 Cambridge Street (under construction)
 

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^^Does this mean Boston now stretch's clearway to the Auto-mile/s? :)
Does anyone see a trend of homeowners teaming up to cash out?
 

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I like the design and scale but I just know the materials are going to make it look cheap.
 

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