Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Southwest Corridor Park was completed in the late 1980s. It is a 52-acre linear surface park with walking and biking trails, playing fields, and recreation facilities. The Park almost became the Southwest Expressway which was supposed to connect the center of Boston with the southwest suburbs and eventually extend to Providence. Luckily, community activism swayed a sympathetic governor to change the planned highway into an urban park. For more information click here.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I was taking pictures at the JFK building and of the outdoor sculpture on the plaza yesterday when I was detained briefly by three Homeland Security officers as to why I was taking pictures of the building. The sergeant said it was a security issue because I was taking pictures near an entrance, "and a camera with a good lens could photograph their security procedures." I had to show them my ID while they checked my name and looked at all the pictures on my camera. The guard viewing my pictures, when he saw the sculpture, made a remark about the "ugly sculpture" out front, hence the title for today's post.
I know security against terrorism is important, but it seems that simply taking pictures and being questioned by federal authorities for doing so is chilling. I think we might want to remember the words of Pastor Martin Niemoeller as more and more restrictions are applied on society in the name of security.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
This is the Romanesque style basilica of the Christian Science Church originally built in 1894; inside it features beautiful examples of American opalescent stained glass illustrating Bible stories. The basilica is part of a sprawling campus of buildings that were designed by I.M. Pei in the 1970s. In the background you can see the Prudential tower and other buildings.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
To visit the New England Holocaust Memorial website click here.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Balcony, Park Street Church, which sits at the corner of Park and Tremont Streets. This corner is known as Brimstone Corner, presumably because of the preaching done from this balcony; some have said it got this name because of all the hot air wafting down the street from the State House. Currently the church is covered with scaffolding and netting from ground to steeple as the brick is repointed. Suffolk Law School is in the background. Click here for a full view of the church.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
A mime, wearing a costume made entirely of recycled objects performed on Boston Common. Her costume was very cleverly done and her "donation" basket was an old portable tv set. She wrote notes on sheets of toilet paper for those who left donations. Note the toilet paper roll hanging off her belt, next to the egg carton.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Apartment windows in the downtown neighborhoods of the city have iron grates over the windows for security and decorative purposes. I particularly liked this one for its simplicity and the interior that is visible; most street-level windows have privacy curtains so you can't see inside.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Incoming train at Park Street Subway Station. I liked the feeling of movement in the picture and the reflection of the woman in the moving train.
Escalator from train platform at South Station takes you up two levels, which can be seen here.
Canopy to South Station subway entrance. An outside view of a shot I took earlier this year can be seen here.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
I caught this little procession yesterday by the Madonna del Grazie Society in the North End. The Statue was accompanied by two marching bands which alternated playing during the procession and when the procession stopped for people to pin money on it. Here is a listing of all the feasts in the North End this summer.
Saturday, July 7, 2007
View of Hancock towers and Prudential tower. Green in foreground is the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden. Note the famous Citgo sign in Kenmore Square barely visible in the upper right, at the end of Beacon Street.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
JFK Federal Building (roof of Center Plaza in foreground) shot from another building.
Click here for a ground level view by Fénix from Bostonscapes; and a black & white shot I took earlier in the year.