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  1. damnit .. i can't believe i forgot about that. Looks like i'll have to DVR the 3am repeat on MessNBC
  2. The DeStefano comment was pointed towards DRC..
  3. Sorry, Tycoon. I can't believe there is a majority of right leaning individuals in this forum. What don't you like about Destafano? Other than his universal health care plan, I could live with him. He's apparantly big on transit.
  4. I agree with you here. All they're doing is potentially opening up an opportunity for a Republican to win (which I'd support) or Liberman (who I also support) to win as an independent. Ned doesn't rub off right with me at all. He seems like that annoying kid in class that no one likes because he feels like he's better than everyone. I hate how Lamont started with the attack ads then as soon as Lieberman responded in kind Ned said on a commercial that he will not stoop to his opponent's level.
  5. Who here is going to watch the Lieberman vs. Ned Lamont debate? Will a Lamont victory and a Lieberman independent run leave the door open for a Republican? How did a guy who runs nothing but attack ads get so much support, anyways? I thought that was something that turned voters off....
  6. Their portion of the line would only be $30 million. Wouldn't this commuter line make Springfield a more attractive place to do business, with direct access to Hartford and more importantly Bradley? How much does it cost to operate and maintain a commuter line?
  7. Too bad New England is so provincial. If Hartford and Sprinfield were in the same state, there would be no discussion of this right now. I wonder how long Baltimore and Washington have been considered one metro.
  8. I'm curious about something. A new member came along and he's gay, which I don't really care about. I just can't help but notice that SO MANY of the posters on UP are gay. Why do gay men tend to gravitate around urbanism? Is it something in their brains? I don't mean to ruffle any feathers here. It's just kinda odd that such a small demographic makes up such a large portion of those interested enough in urban discussion to post here.
  9. Any renderings of this project? It says it will be 7 acres with 200 apartments and 125,000 sq ft of retail. That sounds to me like sprawl city or a lot of open space. Their portfolio shows that they're pretty big on sprawleriffic shopping centers.
  10. It should be possible. Does Springfield want to be in the same metro or are they hung up on their individuality? Baltimore and Washington, Dallas and Fort Worth, Saint Paul and Minneapolis all share metros. It would absolutely make sense to me if these cities were lumped together into one metro. Moreso New Haven mostly due to the shared media market. The commuter rail is definately a step in the right direction.
  11. According to this site it does... http://www.urbanrail.net/eu/rom/roma.htm The 2-line system has an X shape, with both lines meeting at the Central Railway Station Termini. The first line, line B south, was built from Termini to Laurentina for the World Exhibition in 1955 (11 km, 6 km underground). Many years later, in 1990, the northern branch to Rebibbia was finally opened (8 km, 7 km underground).
  12. It would benefit the entire state to finish this road and redo the flawed 95/395 interchange. They should be completing routes 2 and 6, too, but when you see this 8 mile stretch getting so much EPA criticism over a bunch of rabbits, it doesn't look like the others will be built any time soon even though I feel the others are far more important...
  13. Day - Environmental Concerns Could Derail Route 11 Plan
  14. Well Boston and Chicago each have sort of central hubs. While you may have more than one central interchange point, it's just as inconvenient as having a single central interchange. If you want to go from Braintree on the red line to Heath on the green line in Boston you're still going way out of the way to transfer. Boston's system is pretty successful.
  15. Those are all wonderful renders. I hope they all get built, London's architecture quite a bit better than what we see here in the USA. Not as many "out of the box" designs, though I have seen a few. Hopefully all these towers could draw some attention away from the "egg" tower.
  16. Well the busways are cheaper to implement and have that "flexibility" that is always touted. That "flexibility" is also its downfall. Transit Oriented Development, as was already stated in this thread, thrives on permanance, not flexibility. The whole state needs to start laying the foundation for a future network, the commuter rail is a good start. I think a flashy light rail system from New Britain to Hartford would be a huge success and there would be more lines built in the future. A failed busway system would reinforce the "people don't like transit" idea that many people have. www.lightrailnow.org is pretty good source of information, though obviously biased and in need of a web designer.
  17. With the area increasingly becoming a tourist destination, I could see ferry service along the Thames River several years from now, too. I wonder if a high speed ferry would work given the twists and turns of the River and the potential frequency of ferry stops. Day - Transit Center Design Thrills Norwich Officials
  18. I had great pics taken from on top of the "superman" building, but lost them when my hard drive was wiped... If I pay a visit to Providence I'll be sure to see if I can see my old security buddies in 1 Financial to see if I can snag some great pics from the roof there... BTW, I remember when I worked security there and some guy off the street asked to go to the top floor for some pictures, and I broke the rules and brought him up to the 28th floor to take pictures of the East Side. This was over a year ago. Perhaps this was someone here?
  19. I agree 100%... Now and then I'll notice an SUV with some sort of environmentalist bumper sticker, it's infuriating. As for the "safer" argument, aren't we overprotecting our kids? Kids are sooooo cushioned today it's crazy. My generation was spoiled and cushioned, but not nearly the way these kids are. When I was growing up (and I'm only 22) kids didn't wear bicycle helmets and were allowed to walk more than 15 feet to and from their bus stop (I walked probably 1,000 feet and some people walked over a half mile to my bus stop), and many kids walked to school (even the young ones). We survived. In terms of cleanliness, we overprotect, too. I've read that the "cleaner" kids' immune systems are weaker than kids who played in dirt or picked their nose and ate it, and that the stronger immune systems carried onto adulthood. City life is only as dangerous as society allows. In the 1930s people got fed up with the violence over turf during prohibition (just like today!), and got rid of the root of the problem: prohibition. The easy thing, which most people do nowadays, is to just isolate themselves from the problems and act like they don't exist.
  20. I hope they clean that place up and hire some security or something.. it's a hot bed of annoying kids and petty teenage crinimals.
  21. Also, don't forget to mention that true "city life" extends into the neighborhoods surrounding downtown, they're just not categorized as "downtown". The Jewelry district, while pretty barren today, is poised to become a vibrant qualifyable downtown section in its own right in the coming years.
  22. Sounds to me like a certain Atwells Avenue project...
  23. I think the New Haven to Hartford to Springfield commuter rail would be heavy rail..
  24. I guess they're looking to make the boatride itself an attraction. But, yeah it's expensive. A lot of people would not dream of wasting money like that.
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