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  1. City Hall is at least the same height if not taller than Hampshire Plaza.  I don't know how emporis got those numbers but they are way off... If you take a look at Manchester you will see.


    I dont wanna argie with someone who lives in manch, but i gotta say hampshire plaza (the blackish glass building, right?) looks way taller in the skyline photos. do i have my building names right? emporis is wrong a lotta times.

  2. whatever the blackish glass building is...the one that was built in the 1970s...that is the tallest building in manchester.  I believe it is 79 meters, which is 237 feet, according to emporis.com/////I wonder why we have different numbers from the same website?  anyways, at 237 feet, that makes the building 24 stroies tall.....259 would make it 26 stories (not floors, but stories, based on feet, not individual levels)...


    one addition - i re-did my math, and I forgot that it is a yard that is 3 feet and meters are 3 feet four inches, so really hampshire plaza comes out to be over 260 feet tall...you were right corey.

  3. I just happend to be searching through Emporis.com in the Manchester section, and found some building heights...

    City Hall Plaza - 217 feet (20 floors)

    Hampshire Plaza - 259 feet (20 floors)

    I bring it up becuase in the trivia section of this city profile it says....

    "City Hall Plaza, the tallest building in northern New England"

    So either the info at emporis.com or the info in this thread is incorrect. I don't mean to be a nit-picker but I just like to keep everything in check.  :)


    whatever the blackish glass building is...the one that was built in the 1970s...that is the tallest building in manchester. I believe it is 79 meters, which is 237 feet, according to emporis.com/////I wonder why we have different numbers from the same website? anyways, at 237 feet, that makes the building 24 stroies tall.....259 would make it 26 stories (not floors, but stories, based on feet, not individual levels)...

  4. It's great to see that work has begun. I don't know why they are preserving the roof......and not just ripping the old place apart. Whatever works....anyway, I think in one of the forum threads I mentioned something about Graves Hill. I really haven't heard much about it till now. It seems like the project stayed under the Nimby radar. 14 stories would have been nice...but 9 will do. Also, the project that is planned around or near a church is Chesnut Street Lofts, 8 stories.


    yeah thats the one i meant, good info.

  5. Counting everything major, all in all, that was proposed for portland this year, I come up with the following number for my list of total new floors/stories in development: 77

    Lincoln Center Office Complex: 17 floors (shot down).

    Waterview Condominiums: 12 floors (its a go).

    The Westin Portland: 10 floors (its a go).

    Graves Hill: originally two 14 stories, but then scaled back to two 9 sotries -- 18 all in all (they're a go).

    Some condo project planned for one of the peninsula churches: 8 floors (still in the planning process).

    pearl Place: 8 floors ( its a go).

    Maine Medical center Infant Care Unit addition: 4 floors (its a go).

    and then all of the new parking garages, whatever is going on the village cafe site, the new condos on congress street (6-8 stories I believee, and they're a go too), and all of the minor development in bayside (3-5 story planned office buildings) have to be counted too, but this is a waste of time. Am I forgetting anything? What a good year it has been for portland (though Lincoln center would have made it perfect).

  6. Your comments were provocative and heartfelt.  I meant that I expected some people to respond with stong opinions of their own.

    I stayed up all night, in preparation for my upcoming overnight shifts.  I resent other people going to sleep at night.  :sick:


    ahh, okay, well i am sorry for the tone of my response then...i guess i took it the wrong way....when i am at school i stay up for 2-3 nights in a row studying for finals and exams and writing papers, so i know exactly what you mean about resenting others for being asleep when you would kill for a little shut-eye. staying up all night starts to mess with your head after a while if you dont make up for it later in the day...oh man, school starts again soon, what am i gonna do

  7. 1) You will surely get crap soon enough for your post, just not from me.

    2) Sleep is for suckers.

    3) I think at Melrose High we had some multiculturalism assemblies which were bogus in my opinion.  I think diversity rocks, but not when forced.  If you want real divserity in Melrose, you have to cross the border into Malden and get on the Orange Line.


    uhh, why whill i get crap? and by the way thanks for calling me a sucker for sleeping at 2:30 am. uh...i dont even know how to respond to this. haha, whatever i guess. can you be more clear next time you post to me thanks.

  8. I agree with Cotuit. This is something that comes up all of the time when talking with family (my family is basically all suburban people). There are no "scary" areas of Boston. There are some that are poorer than others, but they aren't ghettos and they aren't bad at all.


    this seems to be apopular answer. thanks everyone for your input.

  9. Oh!  Did I open this can of worms?  I appreciate your thoughts on this, but I don't really have much to add since I don't know much about these issues. 


    hey thanks, i thouht i was going to get crap from everyone for writing so much about that...but dont worry, no one really knows anything more than anyone else about this stuff...it is all a matter of opinion and experience. i love diversity too. i am from a small city, but certain areas are extremely diverse. statistically speaking, portland is not very diverse, but they must be inaccurate because i can take a stroll and see people from all over the world in 2 blocks and i love it. they have so many experiences to share and stories to tell. my gf is filipino, my nephew is cuban/black, and i may be living with a sudanese student at school. life couldnt be any more bland than growing up without diversity. but dont resent the place you grew up, just appreciate the fact that it didnt mold your perception about other people in a negative way...theres nothing wrong with undiverse communities as long as you learn to appreciate diversity when you happen to bump into it along the way, in my opinion. what am i odign up so late, i gotta go to sleep.

  10. I lived in Boston before moving to Portland, and I actually felt less safe in Portland. Aside from the Old Port the city shuts down at night, and it feels really dangerous to be alone on the streets. Most of Boston on the other hand is bustling all night long, it makes it feel (and actually makes it be) far safer.

    You need to be street smart anywhere you go in any city, but there's really very few places in Boston that I would feel unsafe. And those places are more like certain blocks, not entire neighbourhodds.


    i forgot you lived in portland at one time. so your latest feedback has been very helpful. if you can say that you felt safer in boston than portland, than im sure i have nothing to worry about. the peninsula does get pretty creepy at night...especially if you see someone walkng toward you or hear them behind you...its cause all of the street lights are covered by trees...but anyway, it usually ends up being an old lady walking her dog...but anyway, thanks for the comparison. very helpful.

  11. GREAT NEWS! Way to go Westin! It's nice to see a project in Portland getting bigger, not smaller! As for the waterfront....it will always be there and protected.

    Pvenne, I think the Waterview is breaking ground this fall.


    i agree the waterfront will not move, but i was talkign in terms of my own fantasy portland, for lack of a better word, fantasy sounds a little odd, not exactly the rigth word, but whatever...

    and that westin is nice looking, i just hope that it is noticable from the street and doesnt blend in too much...it doesnt quite look 10 stories, and going by the foot it is actually 9.5 stories....i hope it looks taller in real life...

  12. It's all about your perception of what "ghetto" is.  What do you consider "ghetto?"  I personally hate the word because too many people use it to describe just a place where minorities live.  Granted certain neighborhoods in Boston have higher crime rates (and Roxbury, which is really more south of Northeastern anyway) happens to be one of them.  Even still though, there's no places in Boston where I would be scared to death of at all.  And beleive me, crime in Roxbury is nowhere near as bad as it used to be.


    good input, thank you. i think it is unfortunate that people use the wrd ghetto to designate a place where minorities live, but the official definition is "A section of a city occupied by a minority group who live there especially because of social, economic, or legal pressure." and i dont think it is because minorities live in these places that people consider them ghetto. at least i hope it isnt. for instance, if there was a wealthy suburban gated community where all blacks lived i dont think anyone would consider it a ghetto. on the other hand, where im from there are way more white people than minorities so most of the ghettos are jammed with whites (except for portland, the city im from) but even here there are many whites in the housing projects. so my definition of ghetto is not determined by race....i am white, but my girlfriend is filipino, so i am not looking for a high-class snobby rich white place of residence either, just somewhere that is safe. i mean im not that scared, im a pretty big guy and as long as i keep to myself im sure i wouldnt bump into problems anyway, but taking my girlfriend along with me is what worries me as she will be working as an RN at a hospital somewhere in the area and then taking public transportation home. and sometimes nurses have to work night shifts etc...so basically i was wondering if there were any "stay away from" areas...more for her than for me, but im concerned a bit too...just dont want to make any poor decisions, ya know.

  13. You're grandfather obviously hasn't been to Boston in the last couple decades.

    There basically aren't any ghettos in Boston.


    two things: he works there and in the surrounding area (between sudbury and boston) every week selling cash registers.

    and does anyone else agree with what cotuit said about there being no ghettos in boston? i cant see how this is true, if the city im from in maine, which is 7-8 times smaller than boston has ghettos (a handful of them). even the city i go to school at in vermont has ghettos and it isnt even 40K people...so im wondering if we share similar definitions of "ghetto". essentially, should i not worry about this neighborhood over that one? not looking for personal opinions on how improved the place has gotten, just looking for the bottom line, after the smoke clears, so to speak...comments from people currently living in boston will be appreciated. thank you.

  14. BC for all intents and purposes is not in Boston at all, it's in Newton (it is technically in Boston, but barely). Northeastern is in the heart of some of Boston's best, most urban, and most exciting neighbourhoods (Fenway, JP, Roxbury, Mission Hill...).

    BCs nearest happening area is Cleveland Circle, to get to Allston Village or Kenmore, you need to get on the train. Everything you'd ever need or want is within walking distance of Northeastern.

    You're grandfather obviously hasn't been to Boston in the last couple decades. When I lived near Northeastern (in the early 90s) Mission Hill was a mess. I could hear gunfire from my apartment in the Fenway and police helicopters were flying over at all hours, it is nothing like that anymore. Lots of doctors and nurses from Longwood and other professionals have invaded the area, and it has become much more gentrified. Boston has also got a much better handle on it's crime situation in the last decade.

    There basically aren't any ghettos in Boston. There's some areas that are slightly more downtrodden than most, parts of East Boston, and Mattappan come to mind, but even those areas are becoming very attractive areas.


    yeah, uh, im pretty sure newton isnt in boston's municipal boundaries. but you can see boston from BC, so it is "in boston" to someone from maine (myself). also, i just read an article about the gang situation getting worse (not better, as you said) in boston because of increased organization...also, the violent attacks with machetes have been on the rise (so i have read in the globe)...if this is an improvement, i would hardly say that it is an example of having a handle on crime...but whatever.

  15. 050811westin.jpg

    A new rendering of the Westin project on the east waterfront of Portland.

    According to today's Press Herald, the Portland planning board unanimously approved a contract zone for the project that would allow greater heights and setbacks for the building. The proposal includes a 230 room hotel and 110 luxury condos.

    The project architect designed two l-shaped buildings to preserve pedestrian access, and street-level retail space is included. 324 parking spaces will be underground, although the city's traffic consultant would like to see 360 spaces.

    The project isn't asking for any city subsidies, and in fact, the city may ask the developers to contribute to local infrastructure improvements associated with various Ocean Gateway projects. The city also expects $5 million in annual tax benefits from the project, and 150 to 325 permanent jobs. The Jordans Meats plant that closed on this property earlier this year employed 270 people in manufacturing.

    This project appears to all to the good: a mixed use development in the city center, another 110 units of housing downtown, and a definite financial benefit for the city. But I'm a little bit concerned about the gentrification of this part of the waterfront. Increasing property values in this area might jeopardize Portland's working waterfront, which is probably the most distinctive and attractive element of this city. If we keep on losing quality manufacturing jobs and water-related businesses on the waterfront in favor of luxury hotels and condos (who will be able to afford to buy these, besides people who spend most of their time elsewhere?), I'm concerned that Portland will lose a substantial part of its soul.

    What do you think?


    thanks for the update on the westin. i read todays paper and i guess i must have missed it. i know i am going to be in the minority here, but i dont like portlands working waterfront. i mean it is great and all, but i just cant stand all of the restrictions they have because of it. i think portland would benefit tremendously from having an aquarium down on the water (a real one, and not some research lab like there is now). maines biggest industry is not fishing, but tourism, so i think we should move all of the shipping business and fishing etc to the south portland side, or at least the majority of it, and let portland develop into the ritzy upper class city it is trying to. besides the character that would be lost would not be the character of portland, only one section of portland, that which the tourists associate with maine. the rest of the city is not composed of sailors and lobstermen. it is important to keep that stuff in the area, but i think south portland would be a better place for it now that portland is moving up the ranks from a blue collar industrial town to a yuppie mecca....

  16. I've been peeved for a while about the demands that the city places on these projects to provide "free" parking. Parking is never really free, of course: it takes up a lot of valuable space. In spite of this, Portland's traffic engineers continue to demand lots of it, in spite of the problems associated with bringing lots of cars into a downtown area.

    Other cities are beginning to make parking lot owners charge the going market rate for their spaces. This is good economics, for one thing: halting the subsidization of parking will result in more efficient provision and distribution of parking spaces. For another thing, if people have to pay to park, they'll drive less, resulting in less congestion and air pollution, and more pedestrian traffic, and a livelier city.

    Portland's downtown is extremely walkable. Even on the coldest winter day, one can walk from Longfellow Square all the way to the eastern waterfront with little trouble. So why does this area need so many parking garages?

    I think that the best solution would be to build a big off-site garage (or garages) near I-295, with regular and reliable bus shuttle service connecting them to various centers on the peninsula. Keep people mobile, and stop burdening developers and business owners with autocratic (and out-of-date) parking requirements!


    good suggestions for the parking garage ideas....but i dont know if what you said about making the trip from LF square to the east end i strue, or even possible. not in the middle of winter anyway. youd have to be a far more brave man than me to attempt a journey like that...ooo, burrr, im getting shivers in 80 degree weather just imagining it...aaahhhh :blink:

  17. I will hopefully be starting law school not this year but in the fall of 2006 in the boston area (either Boston college or Northeastern) and I was wondering if anyone could offer some suggestions on which of the two is a better situated school. i have visited both and northeastern is kinda in a run down part of town, but boston college is in the woods. i was wondering if BC has easy access to the city (T stations?) and if northeastern's location is really as ghetto as I perceived it to be.

    also, in terms of off campus housing, does anyone have any suggestions for decent neighborhoods for grad students? I am somewhat familiar with the area, but nowhere near as much as most people on here I would imagine. I am from a city about 1.5-2hrs outside boston. I appreciate any and all comments or suggestions.


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