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Old Posted Feb 3, 2013, 6:30 PM
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Boston - panorama party and more

Boston has that annoying disjointed skyline that almost requires a panoramic photo (not that it makes it look much better). Here's a little collection from various vantage points, and a handful of miscellaneous shots after that. I may have posted a few of these panoramas in the past; some go back a few years.

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From the BU Bridge


A few from the Cambridge riverfront








Through the Longfellow Bridge


From Chelsea


From Hull


From Tufts


From Middlesex Fells


From Mt. Auburn Cemetery


The same, but wider


And some miscellany from the last 6 months or so













































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Old Posted Feb 3, 2013, 9:04 PM
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Beautiful, PigBoy! Thanks for sharing.

I was wishing to see Boston again. Fantastic shots, specially those skyline panoramas. I hope to see more from Boston soon. I love that pretty city. It´s so charming.

Congrats and greetings from Madrid, Spain!
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Old Posted Feb 3, 2013, 10:25 PM
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Thanks for the great panoramas from so many different vantage points!
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Old Posted Feb 4, 2013, 1:24 AM
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The view from Chelsea is probably my favorite of Boston.

Great set PigBoy! Thanks
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That one from Tufts is badass and shows how dense the inner-ring cities north of Boston are. Is that technically from Sommerville or from Medford?
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That one from Tufts is badass and shows how dense the inner-ring cities north of Boston are. Is that technically from Sommerville or from Medford?
I was wondering that as well. The line goes through campus so it could be either. The church in the foreground (St. Clement's) is in Medford but just barely.

Great photos Pigboy!
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If you believe Google Maps, the Tufts shot is just barely in Medford. This is the location, and if you zoom out enough it should show the Somerville city line: http://goo.gl/maps/dfYwR
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Well played. I'll second the view from Chelsea.
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awesome work. i especially like the one from Tufts. what's going on with the demo?

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Gorgeous! Is there a building boom going on? I see many cranes in these shots (and new buildings, being that I haven't been there since 2004).
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Gorgeous! Is there a building boom going on? I see many cranes in these shots (and new buildings, being that I haven't been there since 2004).
Boston has been experiencing a solid, under-the-radar building boom over the past half decade. No new trophy towers sadly, although a few are approved and will be breaking grown soon if not already, but a ton of 15-30 floor infill residential and office buildings have gone up.

LSyd, the demo work you see was done for Filene's / Millennium Tower, which will break ground in less than 2 months (625 feet tall):


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Nicely done. Some of those shots make Boston look HUGE.
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These are great. Thanks.

I've always been a big fan of Boston's skyline. That shot from Chelsea really shows the density... it's very Lower Manhattan and San Francisco-ish to me.
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These are great. Thanks.

I've always been a big fan of Boston's skyline. That shot from Chelsea really shows the density... it's very Lower Manhattan and San Francisco-ish to me.
I think natives might be tougher on the city as a whole and the skyline in particular than everyone else. I love the city to death, but the skyline has always been weak for me. Back Bay's "High Spine" concept never truly materialized, as everything else tall that's been proposed after the new Hancock went up has been shot down. And while the Financial District is impressively dense, it's also just a flat-topped wall of 550-600 foot towers. No real focal point. Too much brown, not enough glass. Hopefully Millennium Tower will start to fix this by adding a bit of central peak and some much needed glass to the Financial District.
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Shawn, LSyd: the demo photos here are not the infamous Filene's Hole (looking forward to seeing that crane!) but rather the Dainty Dot building at Kingston and Essex, making way for a residential tower, much to the disappointment of preservationists who failed to save the building. Those shots are from the summer, I think.

Anyway, thanks for the replies, everyone!
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Old Posted Feb 5, 2013, 5:12 AM
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Shawn, LSyd: the demo photos here are not the infamous Filene's Hole (looking forward to seeing that crane!) but rather the Dainty Dot building at Kingston and Essex, making way for a residential tower, much to the disappointment of preservationists who failed to save the building. Those shots are from the summer, I think.

Anyway, thanks for the replies, everyone!
Ah you're totally right, that's One Lincoln in the background. I saw an undeveloped mess downtown and just assumed it was the Filene's Hole.
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Boston has been experiencing a solid, under-the-radar building boom over the past half decade. No new trophy towers sadly, although a few are approved and will be breaking grown soon if not already, but a ton of 15-30 floor infill residential and office buildings have gone up.

LSyd, the demo work you see was done for Filene's / Millennium Tower, which will break ground in less than 2 months (625 feet tall):
Very cool. Thanks for the info.
I recall street-viewing Boylston Street at one point, and to my surprise, noticing that the front plaza of the Pru had been filled by a large hotel. Very few times have I noticed the interior of a dense city suddenly become so noticeably narrower! In NYC or Chicago they'll tear down some old 30 floor skyscraper for a new 1000 footer, thus preserving the already existing shadows.
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Man, as a Brookline native, I've always been partial to the skyline views from the Charles. Gotta say, that shot from Chelsea is making me change my tune.
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The panos are wicked, and I like how it shows the city set amongst all the trees as soon as you get out only a little ways. Shows it as the most beautiful city on the East Coast for me.
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