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Old 06-28-2017, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Boston
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Boy was Boston ugly back in those pics, Jesus
I COMPLETELY disagree. I wish we still had that kind of cohesive, dense urban core. And the pockets of what's in those photos that still exist (think: North End, Faneuil Hall, and the Blackstone Block) are considered by most to be among the most appealing, attractive areas in Boston. Would you really prefer City Hall Plaza, the current West End/MGH, State Services Center/Hurley Building, and North Station to what existed in those locations and is visible in these photos? I sure wouldn't. And while the Greenway is a major improvement over the elevated Central Artery, I'd still prefer the unbroken urban core that existed before that.
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Old 06-28-2017, 08:38 AM
 
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I COMPLETELY disagree. I wish we still had that kind of cohesive, dense urban core. And the pockets of what's in those photos that still exist (think: North End, Faneuil Hall, and the Blackstone Block) are considered by most to be among the most appealing, attractive areas in Boston. Would you really prefer City Hall Plaza, the current West End/MGH, State Services Center/Hurley Building, and North Station to what existed in those locations and is visible in these photos? I sure wouldn't. And while the Greenway is a major improvement over the elevated Central Artery, I'd still prefer the unbroken urban core that existed before that.
Hurley could be great if handled more imaginatively. Its powerful about sculptural qualities dissolve because of all the wide streets surrounding it. If you came upon it from within a thicket of dense streets that burst into a concentrated open space with the Hurley at the edge it could be much more aesthetically exciting. City Hall is a bit like that on the State Street/Washington "mall" side but, of course, too open on its other sides.
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Old 06-28-2017, 10:37 AM
 
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Boy was Boston ugly back in those pics, Jesus
I'm sure the street level scenery was bit more charming.
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Old 06-28-2017, 11:44 AM
 
Location: New England
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Boy was Boston ugly back in those pics, Jesus
Totally disagree. It looked more European and charming back then.
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Old 06-28-2017, 12:03 PM
 
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Boy was Boston ugly back in those pics, Jesus
Probably because they were in black and white. I'm sure on the street level it looked nicer, but then again there would have been a lot of soot and other filth back in those days. People forget how much cleaner vehicle emissions and other pollutants are today compared with a few decades ago. One of the reasons cities have become more desirable and in general look nicer now.
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Old 06-28-2017, 01:12 PM
 
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Hurley could be great if handled more imaginatively. Its powerful about sculptural qualities dissolve because of all the wide streets surrounding it. If you came upon it from within a thicket of dense streets that burst into a concentrated open space with the Hurley at the edge it could be much more aesthetically exciting. City Hall is a bit like that on the State Street/Washington "mall" side but, of course, too open on its other sides.
It could be better. Surrounded by density, the Merrimack lot converted to park/plaza (as originally intended), and modified to include ground level retail along Staniford and Merrimack would help. I also think the block should be divided (it's too massive right now). You could almost run Bullfinch Pl through the plaza and and bissect the Hurley and the Lindemann segments of the building to break up the megablock and allow pedestrians and vehicles to pass through. Part of the problem is neighbors. I agree if you had dense streets surrounding it, it would work. But you don't. You have the West End towers, the O'Neill building, 50 Stanford (and behind that, the park-esque West End), Courthouse, and Gov't Center garage (as well as some smaller surface lots). So in theory I agree, but a lot needs to be done to the building and area.
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Old 06-28-2017, 06:18 PM
 
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I have some more pics saved on a drive. Given the OP hasn't returned, i'll hijack the thread and post some more tomorrow
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