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South Boston power plant for sale, could be torn down for redevelopment

The Globe reports the owner of the Summer Street power plant, which almost never generates power anymore, has put the property up for sale - with an eye towards maybe turning the space into residential and commercial space, as one does.

Although the mostly pink plant no longer pushes out the current, it is still in use as a power substation.

Ed. note: Could somebody please find a giant inflatable pig and float it up near the smokestacks before they come down?

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Could be a cool development site. Would be nice to see something to encourage the state to run more serious mass transit to Southie than buses in street traffic.

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I don't know about now, but I worked across the way from that plant in the 90s and could see in the windows and on a couple of occasions there were women in various states of undress or sometime in suggestive clothing getting their pictures taken or being filmed.

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After ManRay closed.

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What did the women in the power plant have to do with ManRay?

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And, if it's ManRay, you can only assume it was females in various states of undress. ManRay was cool with transgender back when this place was at full capacity.

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Pink Floyd.

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Which one's Pink?

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Floyd, Pink

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...because The Simpsons PR team released a large pig near a power station in Great Britain.

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I hadn't heard that. That was also a (very clever) reference to Pink Floyd.

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Though Adam was thinking about Pink Floyd, episode 24 of the 7th season of the Simpsons is "Homerpalooza" in which Homer is part of a Lollapalooza-esque touring music festival. He accidentally sets off Peter Frampton's huge inflatable pig, comedy ensues.

EDIT: Forgot the line that Frampton says about having bought the pig at Pink Floyd's yard sale. So yeah, direct tie-in back to PF.

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Quoth the Homer:

Grand Funk Railroad paved the way for Jefferson airplane, which cleared the way for Jefferson starship. The stage was now set for the Alan Parsons project, which I believe was some sort of hovercraft.
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NIMBYs will be out in droves for this one.

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but not condos/apartments?

am i misreading what you're saying?

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More traffic from condos/apts. Depending on height, probably some shadow complaints as well. It's all written in the NIMBYism playbook.

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your reading comprehension skills are impeccable.

People were up in arms because the city moved the bus route from East 4th to Broadway, a change that made total sense and should not have been controversial. You don't think people will have something to say about this potential development, which given the size of the lot will be very large? It doesn't matter what it currently is, only that it's changing, and whatever takes its place is going to be expensive, bring more people, and bring more cars.

I live down the street from here and will support any development that goes in because the site is underutilized, but I don't think a lot of people in the neighborhood are going to feel that way.

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In South Boston get "up in arms" about any change. If you said you were going to ban snow, they'd get outraged about the lack of snowmen.

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Double post

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There is a beautiful brick & carved stone facade tucked away in that place with 'EDISON' emblazoned across the top.

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This is where we should put this affordable housing. Right in Flaherty's backyard!

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Why? So the poor can live on land that was, for years, a wasteland? I remember the ash that used to blow from the old smokestack. Covered the neighborhood in soot. Lovely place for anybody to live. Especially the poor.

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There's a techno club in Berlin called Tresor that's located inside a decommissioned power plant. Place is incredible.

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Truth, that's the new incarnation of Tresor. The original was in the storage vaults under an old department store. There's also Berghain, another great Berlin club in a power station. Techno club was also the first thing I thought of when I heard this was up for development. Sadly the demand for it just doesn't exist here, though it would be fantastic if it happened.

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some very atmospheric exterior backdrops for a late scene in "Gone Baby Gone", the climactic shoot-out set (and actually shot) in Murphy's Law across the street, after it spills out into the street. (The chase scene then goes around a corner that doesn't exist there, to end up on some different location's rooftop, like dream logic.)

Knowing that it barely functions, I always suspected its redevelopment couldn't be far off. It's a great location.

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Not a good sign for our regional energy production issues.

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