Tue 7/5/16

San Francisco, Calif.–Geary Blvd., of which Kunstler says, “Geary Boulevard is one of the more remarkably depressing thoroughfares in urban America, considering that the city is among the top five most expensive places to live in the USA.”  I went from near Palm Ave., (see this new hotel) to this medical center near Baker St.  Continuing east, see this pedestrian bridge to a playground.  Here is a Best Buy and Target further along the road.  In the opposite direction (west), here is the future site of a small mixed-use building (see article).  All in all, this road doesn’t seem nearly as hideous as Kunstler claims, especially when compared to drag strips like Loudon Road in Concord, N.H.

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Colorado Developments

Sterling Ranch–a new master-planned (garden) community under development about 30 miles southwest of Denver.  Article about it in Planetizen dated 6/26/16 (with an emphasis on diversity).

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Tue 6/21/16

Boston, Mass.–Fenway’s first skyscraper, at 30 stories tall, will be Pierce Boston.  It’s being constructed on the corner of Boylston St. and Brookline Ave.  It has tiny rooftop cabanas being sold for over $300,000 each.  The condos themselves are starting at $1,000,000.  I followed Boylston all the way to the Boston Marathon finish line in front of the Boston Public Library.

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Maryland Developments

College Park–new transit-oriented development at Metro just approved as of June 2016.

White Flint–GGW post (with pictures) on the Pike + Rose development, which is attempting to make their architecture ornamental.

White Oak–GGW post (7/27/17) about a new town center (comprised of four neighborhoods) that may take place in this suburban area of Silver Spring.  White Oak was a booming suburb 50 years ago, which inspired the sitcom “The Wonder Years”.  Here is the area in question, with the East Side village being just south of Target.

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Thu 6/2/16

Munster, Ind.–Here is 8232 Greenwood Ave., the Hyles home, per Linda Hyles Murphrey, who lived there from 1959 to 1983.

A transit-oriented development called Centennial Village is planned just to the north of Centennial Park, on the former site of Munster Steel.  See footbridge over the pond.  A little further south is a medical office park with a rotary containing a big water spout.  Here’s a sample of newer upscale housing a little to the west (Paddington Crescent is the street.)  Notice a little water body in back.  It appears there are some man-made water bodies in the area.  Here is the long view of this man-made pond, which has a fountain.  I like this contemporary white brick home on the other side of the pond.  This is another such water body with a fountain on Exeter Rd.  Wow, so many people want their home blocked from view.  Streetview completely jumps on New Devon St. between Exeter Rd. and Carnaby Pl.  (Bummer, Bing hasn’t gone down this neighborhood yet.)  Another neighborhood a bit to the south, this fence, which straddles the Illinois state line, encloses the Lansing Municipal Airport.

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Wed 6/1/16

McLean, Va.–heading south down Old Dominion Dr. from center of town, this looks like an office building but houses retail, including a Chipotle restaurant at the front corner.  This retail building next to it has more of a western flavor.  Next to that is a modern retail plaza before the road quickly heads into the country.  A ways down, here’s a mansion along the busy country artery.

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Tue 5/31/16

McLean, Va.–A new mixed-use building, called The Signetbroke ground last week, at 6900 Fleetwood Rd. (near the center of town).  It will have 123 one-bedroom (plus den) residential units on six floors above the ground level of retail.  Here is the location, currently with a big parking lot and a smaller 4-story building.  The development is slated to be completed Fall of 2017.  This nearby 8-story building on Elm St. should feel more at home next to the new construction.

White Flint, Md.–This is the first “time stamp” I’ve seen on Streetview.  Here’s new development (under construction) “Pike and Rose“.  It’s referred to in this GGW article from 8/31/15.

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