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varieties of train station neighborhood

One possible categorization of train stations:

* You emerge, and are immediately in a business district or otherwise interesting area. Examples: Central, Harvard, Porter, and Davis Squares on the Boston Red Line, along with Charles/MGH and Quincy Center; Kimball on the Chicago Brown Line; almost any downtown station, at least in a healthy downtown during the workday; Maverick, Orient Heights, and Beachmont on the Boston Blue Line.

* You emerge, in a parking lot or bus station or other thing that involves a fair bit more walking, but at least can see where to go toward something interesting. Examples: Fields Corner on the Boston Red Line, where you're at a long bus stop but can spy businesses; Assembly on the Boston Orange Line, where I think you'll have to walk a block but you can see the TOD from the station; maybe Wellington, where IIRC you have to walk through a big parking garage to the TOD, but there might be signs telling you to go.

* You emerge, and see no reason not to turn around and catch another train somewhere else. Examples: some Jamaica Plain Boston Orange Line stops, where you come out to a bridge surrounded by traffic; some stops on the south branch of Chicago's Blue Line, where the train runs in a freeway median, and you come out onto an overpass, and there's nothing around; Braintree on Boston's Red Line, where after two minutes on a ramp I still hadn't even left the station yet, and couldn't see anything but giant boxy buildings; I suspect Malden Center on Boston Orange, where you're not far from Malden's center but I'm not sure you'd see it; likewise Sullivan Square on Boston Orange, where the most interesting part I know of is hidden over a rise.

Note that can include "there is stuff but you don't see it" and "there's pretty much nothing around, for real."

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Apr. 22nd, 2017 10:35 pm (UTC)
What does TOD stand for? I find the movie theater, restaurants, etc. within reasonable walking distance of Assembly Station.

Malden Center Station is actually pretty far west in Malden; I suspect the "Center" refers not to geography but to the municipal center (now shut down) across the street. There are various amenities on Pleasant St., including my house.
Apr. 22nd, 2017 10:44 pm (UTC)
Transit Oriented Development.

The Malden Center station seemed a couple blocks from Stuff, but also seemed to let you out in the middle of a north-south block, where it wouldn't be obvious where to go.

Vs. Oak Grove, where there really isn't anywhere to go.
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