0 The Creation of a Neighborhood: Boston’s Seaport

Boston Seaport sq.

Credit: BBJ

What does it take to build a neighborhood in Boston? The creation of the Seaport is just that: in just over a decade we have gone from dirt lots, through planning, to a famed destination location that supports life, work & play.

Urbanland recounts a number of key milestones that propelled the development of the contemporary Boston Seaport:

With the completion of the Big Dig, it became clear that there was “an opportunity to develop a new city” in the Seaport, recounts Charles Leatherbee, director of development for Skanska USA, which has constructed multiple office and residential projects there since, including a 225,000-square-foot (21,000 sq m) office project in the marine park that broke ground in June. Observes Leatherbee, “Make no mistake, the Seaport has access to the single greatest resource the city has—the harbor—and they’ve been able to develop something quite cool, in my view.”

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0 Co-Working Office Space’s Impact on the Commercial Environment

Never had this crossed my mind, the social do’s and don’ts of Co-Working and its larger implications.

Co-working office space graphic

Credit: New York Times

From the NY Times:

To get a glimpse of what manners will be like in the office of the future, it behooves us to look at co-working spaces, those offices peopled by freelancers or by workers who have different employers. Many sources predict that by 2020, half of the work force will be freelance.

One theory of etiquette holds that manners are best in communities with fixed populations: If you know that you’ll see Tina again tomorrow (and Tuesday and Wednesday), you’re less likely to surreptitiously scarf down the rest of the half-eaten boysenberry yogurt she left in the office fridge, because daily exposure to her yogurt-based wistfulness will start to gnaw at you, and ultimately turn you into a Munch painting.

0 Big Data Analytics Start-up Moves HQ from SF to Boston

San Francisco vs. Boston.  Not on the playing field, rather at the recruiting table.

Big Data startup Rocana provides ops solutions for IT

Credit: Rocana

The Boston Business Journal recently wrote an editorial on a SF tech start-up that decided to situate its HQ in Boston. In the BBJ article, the CEO, “Trajman, who founded venture-backed Rocana about a year and a half ago, said that while San Francisco innovators are future-thinkers focused on the next big thing, Boston innovators are more focused on solving current issues with high-tech solutions…He said he hopes his company can serve as a role model for future entrepreneurial endeavors considering a Boston headquarters. Trajman joins several other startup founders who have said they’re committed to growing their businesses in Boston instead of in the West Coast.”

You can read the full article on the BBJ, here.