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Former North End laundromat could be replaced with five stories of condos

NorthEndWaterfront.com has details on a proposal for the old Lavanderia site at 25 Atlantic Ave.

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Who needs hardware stores, laundromats, butchers and other stores anyways. Residents only need restaurants and bars. They can drive their car if they need something that's not in the neighborhood.

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First floor retail, with multiple floors of apartments above.

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While parking on side makes sense, the streetscape doesn't look great with them. It's kind of a small parcel. Would be nicer if it looked a little bit more like the rest of the neighborhood and had some retail. The street looks a little better with more space.

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Totally disagree about the space. Nothing else in the neighborhood has it, why should this? But I also totally agree about the retail. This building has a responsibility to activate the sidewalk. Given the small parcel size it will almost definitely have to do away with the parking in order to do it, but that makes sense to me, given that hardly any of the other buildings in this neighborhood have off-street parking and frankly, building parking lots in a neighborhood where housing is as valuable as the North End is just ridiculous.

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There's a parking shortage and people bring their cars. They don't care that they are near transit. Most of the buildings in that neighborhood were built long before cars were used a much.

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There is, always has been, and always will be a parking "shortage" in the North End (and any other dense urban area for that matter). Building "enough" parking for a thriving metropolitan area is actually impossible.

You know what else there's a shortage of? Housing and commercial retail space. Lets build those things first.

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There's never going to be housing for everyone that want's to live certain neighborhoods because they are best suited to certain amounts of density. The parking shortage was not as bad when there were fewer cars and less ownership of them.

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$200 per month per parking permit. (waved for handicap, of course)

Let's see how quickly that parking shortage eases when car owners have to pay what they should for storing large pieces of property on scarce public land.

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The architectural style should look more like the other buildings.

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Why? What exactly does design homogeneity add to the neighborhood?

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Looks different.

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The style of that building is noticeably newer.

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wait for it....it's a new building.

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It's an old neighborhood, and a lot of newer buildings have older styles.

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There are at least half a dozen different architectural "eras" represented in the North End because once upon a time we used to allow "new looking" buildings in old neighborhoods. I don't see why we cannot do that today. There is no law of nature (or aesthetics) that says a neighborhood can only be nice to live in if it only contains architectural styles from before 1945.

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So like St Catherine's? Or do you mean like the Paul Revere House? Or maybe you mean 585 Commercial St? Actually, I think it should look like the Brinks Garage!

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