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    I will post some of my favorite archboston forums finds on this thread: here is 'Boston sim city' for starters. Questions, comments or other contributions on the subject of Boston Architecture would be great.

    There was at some point a NEWS ITEM that read - "Man Builds Boston In Video Game, Internet Finally Discovers It Six Years Later"


    http://www.archboston.org/community/...oston+sim+city

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    The infiltration begins.

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    Well, lets hope there is sufficient interest for an all out "infiltration"........ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svlB3wpPP8Y

    Here is an interesting photo: Boston architecture old & new. Residences at Kensington thread......

    http://www.archboston.org/community/...&postcount=705
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    The Bayhouse is interesting enough; but tophat42's photos are amazing.

    http://www.archboston.org/community/...28&postcount=1

    The Boston area is experiencing very strong demand for housing; and what were formerly only 'land banked' parking lots, or stalled excavation sites are all now seeing a major up tic in construction activity - this site is a perfect example.


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    I'll be in Boston in 3 weeks. What should I go look at/take photos of (development-wise)?

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    One of the best development sites now underway is called Fan Pier: that one would on the top of my list. http://www.archboston.org/community/...ead.php?t=1833

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    OH yea, those too - what a know it all,,,, LOL

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    I'll check out the others during the week, but I will definitely make it over to fan pier. I'll be over there for PAX, so it's right there. Hope all those surface lots over there are going to get filled soon. I've always liked this building: http://goo.gl/maps/g2rdr

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    The Fan pier thread has a nice skyline photo of Boston; posted recently.

    http://www.archboston.org/community/...postcount=2572

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    So I did check out fan pier. I have some pics. I also saw whatever tower is going up next to the train station but is basically all core at the moment. There's a few residential buildings going up in South Boston that I saw as well. They were delivering a piece of the facade for one of them, and I might have a pic of that as well.

    More interestingly, the company one of my best buds works for is moving to three full floors of one of the fan pier buildings in July, so I should have inside photos later this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoldanTTLB View Post
    So I did check out fan pier.........
    More interestingly, the company one of my best buds works for is moving to three full floors of one of the fan pier buildings in July, so I should have inside photos later this summer.
    Good news, looking forward to seeing the photos. Your friend will be working at a location that is being billed as the "innovation district" which will supposedly be attracting a lot of small start-up tech firms: you know the 'innovators' - thus the 'innovation district." It seems like a good idea to me: check it out here - http://www.innovationdistrict.org

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    FANDOM! Only a few photos came out ok:







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    The new buildings going up in Boston are often more wide that tall, almost never the case with a NYC building; sort of like a 'pumpkin patch' compared to a 'bamboo forest'. Admittedly that simile is a bit of an exaggeration, but I think it makes my point about how very different the physical infrastructure of the two cities are: and not at all intended as a disparaging remark.

    There are clearly very different 'zoning codes' in effect, and probably some 'functional requirements' that result in so many Boston buildings being (relatively speaking) flat and wide. Those new buildings in the photos show one 'tall and thin' concrete structure in the background that if it were actually a Boston Building it would be an exception to the rule: but I actually think it is only a reinforces concrete elevator/mechanical core for yet another building that will ultimately be larger in girth than it is in height.

    Anyway, thank for the photos Roldan; I will meet you back here on our next visit (virtual visit that is) to Boston.

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    Boston is of course not building as tall as New York, both because of less overall demand in a smaller market but also because of restrictive zoning used by politicians to extract "goodies" from developers who frequently need zoning variances (which IMO is unfortunate for Boston).

    However, in my experience the quality of construction there is much higher than today's NYC. The greatest mass of development in NY is coming from cheap hotels that are among the ugliest new construction on earth - the Kaufmans, Poons, O'Haras, etc. Really, the majority of our new construction in NY is just embarrassing.

    Boston has a much higher-quality overall product, even if it's shorter or boxier. But at least they don't have a cancer of cheap pre-fab and awkward shoebox-inspired hotels breaking the streetwall and making the whole city look like trash.

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