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  1. With all that water right there in the tower, shouldn't it be "waterfront?"
  2. Wow, that really does look like TF Green, right down to the large Southwest presence. What edition of FS is that from?
  3. I've heard that he has a house in Tiverton. Somewhere on Nannaquaket Neck if I remember correctly.
  4. ^That could be the case, as some sources use the highest occupied floor to determine a building's height. If you visualise all three buildings with their decorative crowns removed, the other two would appear to lose more of their height than the Superman Building. For what it's worth, this isn't the first place I've seen mention that Superman was built as the tallest building in New England.
  5. You can, assuming the camera lens has threads to attach the filter. In most cases, the filter will work pretty much the same as it would on a film camera.
  6. ^I've always thought of Memorial Blvd. as the boundary between Capital Center and Downcity, although I know the Westin, Union Station, and such are officially part of Capital Center. To answer the question, all those locations are peripherally Downcity in my mind. Thanks for the link to the tutorial, Cotuit. I may just have to try that. Talk about an "Urban Planet"
  7. A little late, but my Salem pics are here. Hope you like them. EDIT: I'm not sure why my link skips the first post in that thread, but be sure to scroll up to see the entire collection.
  8. LOL, shows how often I drive through the city. I should probably have clarified that. It was Salem, MA.
  9. Great stuff as always, Garris. Not to steal your thunder, but the significant other and I spent the day doing the tourist thing in Salem. It was my first visit, and I was quite impressed. Just a few of my impressions: I was quite surprised at how incredibly pedestrian-friendly the city is. Sidewalks are generally wide and well maintained, and drivers seem to make a point of stopping if you're anywhere near a crosswalk. Never in my life have I had the experience of seeing four lanes of traffic simultaineously halt for someone standing on the curb, but it happened there. On the other hand, some pedestrians apparently take this for granted. As I was driving out of town, a guy yelled at me for not yielding to him, never mind the fact that he was a good three or four strides from entering the street. Also aiding walkability, all the major attractions are connected by a red line painted on the sidewalk. This loop makes it very easy to find where you're going, and even though I'd never set foot in town before I found that I rarely needed to consult a map. I found most attractions/shops/reataurants to be quite reasonably priced, for a tourist town. We had a nice (though admittedly light) dinner at Victoria Station, on the terrace overlooking the harbor, and the bill for two was less than $30. All I could think was that the same meal in the same setting in Newport would have easily cost twice that. That said, lunch at the Salem Beer Works did run over $50, but we did indulge in the house specialty. Their Watermelon Ale is the nectar of the gods. Leaving the garage across Essex St. from the Peabody Essex Museum, the toll booth was unattended, gate up, with nothing but a sign displaying hourly rates. The experience had a sort of sketchy vibe about it... is the garage free midweek? After 8pm? Was the attendant taking a coffee break? Though the fact that Salem has a couple multi-level garages in the heart of downtown made parking a breeze. Newport needs to build the Mary St. Garage already. For a tourist town, I thought signage was generally very conservative. Much like the issues with signage Downcity that have been discussed elsewhere, few businesses have signs that really catch your eye, and a couple times we were searching for one shop or another, only to find we were standing right in front of it. Driving home, we took 93 south through Boston for my first time (I always, always take the train when I go to Boston). Despite all the horror stories about traffic, there was nobody on that road at 9:30 on a Tuesday night. Good thing, too, because the nighttime views of the Financial District skyline just before entering the Big Dig and the Back Bay view just after have got to be the two most spectacular skyline views in New England. I was a slightly destracted driver, to say the least. How long has there been a wind turbine alongside the highway near the Keyspan tank? Kudos to whoever put that there, and more kudos for the cool blue spotlighting on it. But enough talk. I'll have some pictures from Salem sometime tomorrow.
  10. NPR's "All Things Considered" had an interesting report on Haven Brothers this afternoon, focusing on its history and connections with the early years of diners. It's well worth a listen, once they make the audio available.
  11. 19th century commerical buildings on Weybosset Street, Providence:
  12. Taken several weeks ago... this looked very washed-out in color, but I discovered it works well in B&W:
  13. Wow! I'll never get tired of looking at your photos, Garris. They're something to aspire to.
  14. There's something really charming about that little stone house, and I had no idea Corpus Christi's skyline was so big. I'm back with more of my Waterfire series: Taken before sunset, when the fires are lit, this is one of the gondolas that offer rides along the rivers. They were made in Venice, and sent back there for repairs after a fire nearly destroyed them a couple years ago: An overview from the top floor of Providence Place Mall. From left to right we have the Citizens Bank tower with twin condo towers u/c in front, the fires dotting the river, heavy traffic on Memorial Blvd., the main CBD, and Gtech World Headquarters nearing completion in the shadows: Looking back at the mall: Firedancers perform on a bridge pier at Waterplace park: A view towards City Hall: Looking into the CBD from the Providence River: Ordinarily the intersection of two major downtown streets (Weybosset and Westminster), this plaza a block from the river becomes an outdoor ballroom on some Waterfire nights, surrounded by some of the city's tallest towers: The postcard view, Waterplace Park with the skyline rising behind:
  15. Actually, I was surprised at how little Gtech impacted the Waterfire experience. At best, I had hoped for dramatic reflections of the fires, and at worst, I feared that the building might loom over the basin and dominate the space. I found that neither of these was the case, and Gtech seemed to serve as a backdrop for the event in much the way the mall always has. That said, I didn't make it up to the Memorial Boulevard sidewalk. In retrospect, that higher vantage point might provide more dramatic reflections of the basin.
  16. A couple pics I took during last night's Waterfire. This art installation has become a defining part of Providence's identity, taking place on numerous nights throughout the warm months. Over a decade old, it still packs downtown with thousands of people, who come to meditate, socialize, dance, and otherwise enjoy the experience. You can see more of this series in the picture thread in the Rhode Island forum.
  17. Here is a collection of shots from last night's Waterfire:
  18. That's called the Old Stone Square Building. It was built in 1982-85, and was purchased by Brown U. last year.
  19. I'm loving this series, Garris! I've always wanted to find myself up there with my camera.
  20. A scene in downtown Newport this afternoon.
  21. ^That's a nice shot. I love the skyscrapers reflecting in the glass. Here's mine for today: Looking down Farewell Street toward the old Colony House in downtown Newport.
  22. Carnegie Abbey decided it would be less expensive to build the tower from scratch. I don't think the design has changed in any significant way, but the plan now is indeed to dismantle the existing structure.
  23. I don't know how tall it is in feet, but URI's Chafee Social Science Center is probably South County's tallest.
  24. The main span of the old Jamestown Bridge, linking Jamestown and North Kingstown, RI, was demolished this morning. Built in 1940, the bridge was replaced by the adjacent Jamestown Verrazano Bridge 14 years ago. Ever since, the old bridge has become a piece of local folklore, with plan after plan for its reuse or removal coming and going. Many Rhode Islanders thought they'd never see this event. The remaining portions of the bridge will be removed in coming weeks. I have some more pics of the demolition in this thread in the RI forum.
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