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Whistle-Stop (3/14)



  1. A bit of shameless self promotion, but it's been a hell of a month on the T.
  2. Never underestimate the walkability of Boston - especially Brookline. Driving, stopping and parking is usually the least effective way to see things. A car has its place, but you will probably have a less stressful, cheaper and more enjoyable time leaving yours at home fairly regularly. The C-Line moves pretty quickly, you can go from the middle of Brookline to Downtown in fifteen minutes or so. I don't want you to think I'm some sort of rabid, anti-car person (I'm not) but living on or near Beacon St. in Brookline makes driving very, very unappealing in most situations. You'll just have to trust me on that.
  3. The Boeing feet was permanently withdrawn from service on March 16th. On that day, LRV 3485 made a farewell trip from Riverside to GC and back again with a bunch of railfans on board (myself included). We rode through the Government Center loop and all the way into the Riverside yard where the train was promptly decommissioned on arrival and joined the rest of the Boeing fleet which sat there in the snow waiting to be scrapped. I was the last passenger off of the last run of the last train. You can view some of the photos I took here. I still have some more sitting around undeveloped (yes, I still use film - not by choice, though).
  4. The renovations to the D-Line will also allow the Breda cars to run in revenue service. At the moment they are under a strict 25mph speed limitation, as they are pretty much assured to derail if they travel any faster.
  5. Beacon Street in Brookline is pretty much a nonstop stretch of brick buildings of a similar vintage. It's really hard to go wrong. Personally, I would stay away from Cleveland Circle (I should know, I live two blocks away) and that area near Boston College. I know you say you would plan on using your car regularly, but living on Beacon St. in Brookline might change your mind with the C-Line right outside your door. Especially since it really doesn't make any sense to pay to park downtown when you live so close, and on the T. Parking for a few hours can easily run you $30+ in a lot of places. The T will run you $3.40 round trip, or a monthly pass - $59. Living in Allston or Brighton would place you on the B-Line which is absolutely hell to use as it is severely overcrowded and has far too many stops through BU.
  6. Just as a warning, the police have begun to take a hard line against people photographing areas near the bridges. A good friend of mine got nailed by the local police and the Feds for taking photos around the Harahan.
  7. Excellent, thank you. I used to work around there and I haven't had a chance to see what the block looks like in quite some time. Now I want Gus'
  8. Walking around Downtown early on a Sunday morning in Spring is something everyone should try.
  9. I'm loving all of these photos! Thanks for taking the time to post them! Anyone have any shots of South Front around the Gus' area? I haven't been around there since they started clearing the block out for new condo buildings.
  10. They can certainly help mix things up in a skyline, but all too often they end up looking quite cheap and "plastic-ey" due to the materials used in the exteriors, and they often borrow elements from other contemporary designs wholesale, effectively making them indistinguishable from other buildings being completed elsewhere. Then you have people like Michael Graves who is hailed as a genius for throwing as many random pieces of architectural flair at anything he designs, leaving a city marred by terrible architecture for years to come. From there I could rant about "gimmick" architects like Gehry or Libeskind all day, but I'll spare you all the diatribe. It's hip to rail against Modernism, but there is something to be said about restraint.
  11. Pomo buildings look like cheap knock-offs.
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