Category Archives: urbanism

Stoked for pies that r round

One of the small upsides to a torrential rain at lunchtime is that there's nearly zero line at the food trucks. Finding myself at Dewey square in the company of old favorites Bon Me and Mei Mei, I opted for the as yet untried (by me) Stoked Wood Fired Pizza truck. How do they get…
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Why can’t you buy a fare card on the train platform?

Usually on the first (business) day of any given month, there's a terrible line at the charlie card machine. I guess many people don't know you can buy next month's T pass about halfway through the current month. But I'm not here to shame procrastinators, I'm here to ask a weird dumb question about public…
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Bus Stop Followup, still no PARK(ing)

It's been well over a year since the MBTA decommissioned a pair of bus stops near limeduck world HQ, and the space is still vacant. They finally removed the bus stop sign, but there's still a no parking sign. No car parking, bike parking, no EV charging, no pocket park, no Bridj stop, no hopscotch board. I've got…
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Farnsworthy Scone at Flour

At Flour Bakery in Fort Point, a worthy savory scone: super buttery with just a bit of heat from some well-placed chile pepper bits, subtly cheesy, beautifully layered and flaky.
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MisseT Connections

It's hard to impose order on systems that grow organically, like world-class cities. It's also hard to create a coherent public transit system in an imperfect society. That said, there are three seemingly small gaps in the Boston public transit system that continue to baffle and confound: Why is it so hard to get from…
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The Futon District Grows Thinner

Today I noticed two more casualties along the mid-Cambridge furniture district, the stretch of Mass Ave between Central and Harvard formerly known as the Futon District. One was no surprise, but the other was, at least to me, shocking and even a little sad. First up, or rather, first down, City Schemes. After looking empty of…
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Assembling the price of a happy city

How long does it take to go from one of Boston's newest hip neighborhoods, the Innovation District, to one of Somerville's even newer, actually not quite finished, ones, Assembly Row by public transit? During evening rush hour on a weekday, this trip of about 4.5 road miles took me almost an hour as I traversed the…
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The beautiful road not yet taken

Remember when, before pervasive phone GPS, you actually asked for directions? You know, stopping a stranger on the street or pulling into a gas station and asking somebody working there and trying to write it down on a mapkin? If you're not an american male, that is. Maybe it was awkward or ineffective, but the directions were personalized, and…
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It's wicked hahd to pahk your cah

I should have known it would not be long. Just last month I posted about the battle between the city of San Francisco and the app Monkey Parking, and now the kerfuffle has come East as Universal Hub reported today that Boston mayor Walsh is squaring off against Haystack, a parking space marketplace app not unlike Monkey…
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