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kz1000ps
December 25th, 2008, 12:57 PM
Can't believe it, but two weeks from now I'll have lived in Boston for four years!

All these pics date from January to March of 2008, and they're by and large posted in a chronological order to give you the feel of haphazardly moving around the city like the average resident (e.g. yours truly) does.

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From out west in the Brighton neighborhood

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The student ghetto of Allston

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Coolidge Corner, Brookline (the largely urban town/city just west of Boston)

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More Allston, with a Boston University tower rising in the distance

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Glass armadillo

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Looking towards East Boston and the airport (that's the control tower at the right)

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The North End

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Back in Allston. I lived there at the time, so a lot of these shots come from there

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The dreaded, overcrowded 'B' line of the T Green Line

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Skyline of the Longwood Medical Area, the Hub's hub for hospitals

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Looking east from Brookline

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Looking east from the Longwood/Northeastern University/Museum of Fine Arts area

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And looking east from Allston

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New John Hancock

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Old John Hancock

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da Pru

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"Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."

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Gentrification

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Cowpaths

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The Rose Kennedy Greenway, aka the park (and final) component of the Big Dig. I'll cover this more in a later post

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Construction in the South Boston Waterfront/Seaport area, just east of downtown

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Condos (http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=1087) going up in the heart of downtown.

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The new Charles St/Mass General Hospital T stop, with MGH rising behind it

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Beacon Hill

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The Public Garden

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Back in the Longwood area. The above bridge leads to the new structure below

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Longwood. Harvard's Med School campus begins at the far left

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Allston. BU's new tower dominates the area

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Three eras of construction

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More Allston

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Cambridge off in the distance

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Beals St., Brookline -- the street where John F. Kennedy was born

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Harvard Ave., the main commercial drag through Allston

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In the thick of Boston University's urban campus

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In the thick of Boston College's suburban campus

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Alright, that's it for this installment. April and newer is forthcoming!

Jasonik
December 25th, 2008, 01:54 PM
You're putting me to shame. I too rarely take a camera with me.

You've even been to my hood -

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scumonkey
December 25th, 2008, 03:43 PM
I moved to St Botolph St. right off of w Newton in the early 80's...
I could see the Pru right out of my bedroom window!
Call me crazy but i LOVE that building.:p
Brings back memories... (like trekking to Somervile Lumber for wood to build that illegal roof deck-still visible on Google maps;))
Thanks for sharing.

ablarc
December 25th, 2008, 07:54 PM
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Beals St., Brookline -- the street where John F. Kennedy was born
Lived two streets over, on Fuller Street. Though conceived as a streetcar suburb, this is an area where folks rarely walk. I used my car to drive three blocks to the bakery --potentially a trifling walk by New York standards. It's not the distance; it's just that houses and trees make walking unrewarding.

Ebryan
December 26th, 2008, 10:37 AM
^Though foot traffic may be lesser on this street (and why wouldn't it be?), Brookline is a successful streetcar suburb--one of the best, really. Aesthetically, it is very rewarding to walk through these streets (one street over is Harvard Ave, about as urban as it gets).

Jasonik
December 26th, 2008, 11:15 AM
In fairness to ablarc, Clear Flour is a bit secluded... :cool:

ablarc
December 26th, 2008, 05:31 PM
^ Plus the walk's not level.

Glad to see they still have a seedless rye.

There were also bakeries in the other direction, on Harvard Street.

kz1000ps
February 26th, 2009, 06:06 PM
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Looking east from Allston

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A new Boston University dorm tower rising along the Charles:

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Harvard Yard:

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The new Apple Store a couple days before it opened:

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The last free-standing single-family home in downtown Boston:

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This is one of the new parks to have gone up in the wake of the Big Dig (this new park system is called the Rose Kennedy Greenway). This one's at the south end of the system - bordering Chinatown - and appropriately has a Chinese theme:

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The gash is mostly healed:

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Old warehouses just across the Fort Point Channel from downtown (the brown one at the left actually is a brand new condo):

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Back to the Big Dig's new parks, we're now in the central downtown section:

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Centerpiece fountain:

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Looking toward the South Boston waterfront. Those buildings' heights are limited by their proximity to the airport:

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Brief detour into the North End:

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And back onto the Rose Kennedy Greenway:

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Copley Square:

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The Back Bay:

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The Apple Store, unveiled:

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The Charles River Esplanade:

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MIT's skyline:

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Looking towards MGH:

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And looking towards East Cambridge:

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Beacon Hill:

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Public Garden:

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In the heart of the Prudential Center:

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Rain is on its way:

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Rain now here, Copley Square from the library:

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Cats and dogs:

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Finally, the last set for this thread takes us to Harvard Square and Harvard Yard:

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(^ actually, this image is from the Business School campus)

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Widener Library:

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Memorial Church:

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Harvard Square:

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ablarc
February 27th, 2009, 04:37 PM
Terrific photographs as always, kz. You've given us a fresh perspective on a beautiful city.

It does, however, sadden me that the newer projects are mostly so mediocre.

TREPYE
March 2nd, 2009, 07:12 PM
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Last I checked/remember this bridge does not have a pedestrian path. If this is the case, it must be immediately rectified! Unlike many of the recent buildings in this city this recently completed bridge is worthy of its presence in Boston.

Makes me think: Will NYC ever get a meaningful bridge again before the perfection and mass use of hover vehicles??

NYatKNIGHT
March 6th, 2009, 03:00 PM
The way they were talking when I was a kid, it seemed almost a certainty that there would be hovercraft by now in every driveway, I was counting on it! Now that wishful thinking if ever it becomes reality seems much much farther into the future, therefore there's a lot more time for a meaningful bridge using that criteria. Maybe a bridge like this one in Boston would one day replace one of the lesser Harlem River bridges when it finally fails.

By the way, great Boston tour, kz.

BrooklynRider
March 9th, 2009, 07:17 PM
Great tour. I love Boston!

Bronxbombers
March 14th, 2009, 11:34 PM
I was on vacation in Boston during 1981,1990,1997,2002 and 2007. No thanks of visting Boston not too soon. I don't like Boston.

avngingandbright
March 26th, 2009, 11:31 AM
Having been to the UK, I've always considered Boston to be a much, much smaller version of London, in its tight, winding streets.

I'm sure her historic housing stock used to be in much larger quantities, but was torn down in the wave of 60s modernism. Truly sad. What is left, though, is rather nice, yet in some areas, Boston is not really that walkable.

Ebryan
March 26th, 2009, 04:42 PM
yet in some areas, Boston is not really that walkable.

Such as where?

ablarc
March 26th, 2009, 07:38 PM
Outside of the Hub, Back Bay, the South End and Harvard Square, Boston is not very walkable; and even if you live in one of those areas, you're somewhat handicapped without a car.

Manhattan it ain't.