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Old October 18th, 2013, 04:23 PM   #1301
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Old October 19th, 2013, 12:39 PM   #1302
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Old October 20th, 2013, 01:09 AM   #1303
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Lowell, Massachusetts




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(The Hamilton and Counting House Mills)

Lowell doesn't get a great deal of attention on this forum, in spite of some of the major renovation and construction projects occurring there. I have Thundertubs from Skyscraperpage to thank for supplying 2009 photos of parts of the city. I've included photos I took last week to show how dramatically some areas have changed. These are just a few areas I found based on some quick internet research so I'm sure other areas have been renovated as well. But it's a start. I've also included some photos taken around the Downtown, focusing especially on Lowell's many mill complexes

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Appleton Mills, Hamilton Canal District, 2009
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Hamilton Canal District,2009
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Hamilton Canal District, 2009
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It's amazing to me that this is the same building as above. Now being marketed as office space.
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The rear of the building sits on a canal. Mill ruins have been stabilized and kinda preserved, though they looked far cooler in 09.
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From a higher perspective
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The narrow little mill in the foreground has not been restored yet, though there are plans to convert it to housing. Part of the Hamilton Mill behind it has been converted into the Lowell Community Health Center.
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The state has promised to build a courthouse here in place of the old cold storage buildings, demolished in 2009, though for now it remains a vacant lot.
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Now an appliance store.
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This gem of a building was restored into the permanent home of the Lowell Arts League thanks in large part to the work of volunteers. There's already a waiting list for studio space.
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The mill ruins were replaced with an office building. Part of the mill's foundation and its water turbines were preserved in the building's basement which opens for some special events.
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Public housing on right appears to have been turned into a church parking lot. I'm not sure if that's progress or not.
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All of the public housing in the Acre neighborhood appears to have been brought back to functionality, as in people were living there and there are no more boarded up windows. The buildings themselves do not appear to have been changed too significantly. Some streetscape improvements have been made.
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Thanks to Google StreetView, we can see some more recent changes
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The old stable and blacksmith shop of the Lawrence Mills complex is being converted to housing
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Then there's the faster changes. Below is Father Morissette Blvd., a major arterial road built in the 1960's as an unhappy gift of urban renewal.

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In a four day span, the city knocked out a traffic lane, built a bike lane and parking strip. This has been at least somewhat controversial. A parking garage security guard I met kept complaining about it.
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To be sure, much of Lowell hasn't changed all that dramatically...

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Merrimack River in Lowell

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Pawtucket Falls

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Lowell's Canals

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DOWNTOWN CORE

Middle Street

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Dutton St. Corridor

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Merrimack Street

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Sterling Street
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Jackson Street
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Prescott Street
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John Street

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Market Street

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Central Street Corridor

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Old Post Office, now Juvenile Court
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Once a train depot, now part of Community College
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The Mills

Today about 89% of the major mills downtown have been renovated. Below are 9 major mill complexes in varying states of repair either downtown or immediately adjacent to it - the Market, Hamilton, Wannalancit, Lawrence, Merrimack, Appleton, Western Canal, Massachusetts and Boott Mill Complexes.

Market Mills - Most of the buildings are now renovated. The boiler house is now essentially ruins and a small mill ancillary building looks in rougher shape. Everything else looks good.

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Hamilton Mills - Maybe 40% renovated. Two mills have been converted to loft condominiums. There are firm plans to convert another, one of the oldest mills still standing, to housing. A small part of the largest mill in the complex has been converted to the Lowell Community Health Center. The rest of the building looks in rough shape.

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You can see exactly where the renovated section begins here.
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I'm not what sure this building was, but it's located directly across the street from the complex.
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Boott Mills
A significant section is now being converted from manufacturing to housing and offices.

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Wannalancit Mills - Entirely renovated. There's a brewery here as well as mostly offices.

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Lawrence Mills
A big chunk of this complex was lost to a huge fire in the 1980s. The rest of the buildings have been or are being converted to loft condominiums. In some ways, the fire helped in that it gave the area a lot of nicely maintained green space to enjoy on the riverfront, which is somewhat rare in Lowell.

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While this project is still a work in progress, it looks like they're doing a beautiful job restoring it.
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Merrimack Mills
This huge complex was pretty much entirely demolished in the 1960s. One small building is now Cobblestone's Restaurant and the ruins of another line a parking lot. The Tsongas Arena now occupies part of this area.

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Western Canal/Dutton Street Mills On the periphery of Downtown, this complex is a mix of renovation and decay. The largest mills have been converted to housing and studio space for artists. The others are in very different states of repair, many surrounded by really old cars.

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Massachusetts Mills - Half renovated. Three major buildings have been retrofitted into housing. Three other buildings are barely standing. Unfortunately I didn't get any very good pictures of this area. This building is part of the complex.

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The unrenovated portions of the complex, located right where the Concord River meets the Merrimack, look much like they did in 09 if not worse.
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Appleton Mills
Thanks to the recent Hamilton Canal District work, this complex has been beautifully restored. But the overall redevelopment project is very much a work in progress.

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Lowell is apparently optimistic enough about expanding trolley service here that they built rail on the newly constructed bridge
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Two ambitious guys are converted this mill into a hipster-centric development, featuring offices for startups, artist studios, an English manor style lounge and library, restaurant, and an independent theater (Source)

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Old October 20th, 2013, 04:57 AM   #1304
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Long post is long


But very nice renovations.
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Old October 20th, 2013, 05:38 AM   #1305
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National Theatre, Bucharest

The original building, in a deconstructivist style, designed in mid 1960s.


In the 80s it was covered up by a kitschy neoclassical facade



Now the old covering is gone and the original building is being renovated and is going to look better than ever. It's nice to see mid-century architecture like this being cared for once again.




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Old October 20th, 2013, 03:08 PM   #1306
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Very interesting although it seems that they reversed the original painting scheme
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Old October 20th, 2013, 03:40 PM   #1307
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Would look beautiful demolished.
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Old October 20th, 2013, 04:32 PM   #1308
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Thankfully it's not being demolished. That way more time will be given to let it be seen as a true landmark in the future, when its construction era will be seen as historic.

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Old October 21st, 2013, 08:11 PM   #1309
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Mali Lošinj,Croatia,old high school building in centre of the city
Built in 19th century

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A little bit modernised but still better then ruined building in centre
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 09:32 AM   #1310
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 12:22 PM   #1311
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This thread is boasting with great stuff.


But people, please reduce your content per post. Either open an own thread and post previews here (that makes it sexier) or spread it over more posts.

That Lowell/MI post could easily be spreaded on 10 or more posts alone and would be a great start for a new thread. But in this thread, it's going to be overlooked easily and is wasted time and effort, imho. Try opening a fresh own thread for it I say!
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Old November 9th, 2013, 02:56 PM   #1312
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Amiens, France.

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The Citadel will become a new campus of Université de Picardie Jules Verne.

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In the context of an ongoing project to bring student life into the city centre, the northern French town of Amiens has decided to convert its 17th-century citadel into a new campus for the Université de Picardie Jules-Verne. Several faculties will regroup within the walls of Henri IV’s brick fortress, along with a host of public amenities and a huge park, opening up the area to the whole city. The citadel was completed in 1622 on the northern edge of the centre of Amiens. Occupying some 13 hectares (32 acres), the fortress has long constituted a major obstacle to development of the north of the city, which has occurred piecemeal, without strategy or infrastructure. It was recognised that the development of this site offered the opportunity to create a much-needed link between the city centre and its northern neighbourhoods, with far-reaching benefits for the overall urban development of Amiens.
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Old November 12th, 2013, 05:32 AM   #1313
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Old November 12th, 2013, 08:36 AM   #1314
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Wow, real transformed place, awesome .
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Old November 12th, 2013, 02:21 PM   #1315
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Most Polish small towns and even villages have been transformed this way in recent years.
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How are renovations done in Poland? 100% public funds? European funds? Do the homeowners have to contribute? Apologies if this has been answered already.
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It's a mix. Municipal money alone, sometimes with EU funds, many cities also give property tax breaks to businesses that renovate etc. If it's a larger scale project most of them have some kind of EU support.
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Those renovated mills in Lowell are AMAZING! I'd love to have a condo or apartment on one of those.
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Пример реконструкции в Москве: строительство мечети.
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