They stopped the bulldozers.


When I was last here a few weeks ago, a group of schoolchildren were fixing-up this decades old mural. I still wish I got a picture then. The mural is signed “LaCasse et al” and dated 1980, 1995, and 2017.

Back in the late 1960s in Massachusetts there were plans for miles and miles of new highways, many of which were eventually stopped by citizens who were unhappy to see their cities plowed-under so that cars could go faster.

The (cancelled) Inner Belt Highway would’ve totally screwed up the neighborhoods of Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston. One of its ramps would’ve been where this MicroCenter store now stands, just before crossing the Charles River.

Mural: Citizen protest of I-695 in Cambridge MA.  (On the side of MicroCenter).  LaCasse et al 1980 1995 2017
The complete mural.
 

Mural: Citizen protest of I-695 in Cambridge MA. Close-up of protestors.  (On the side of MicroCenter).  LaCasse et al 1980 1995 2017
Close-up on the citizen protestors.
 

Mural: Citizen protest of I-695 in Cambridge MA. Close-up of bulldozer.  (On the side of MicroCenter).  LaCasse et al 1980 1995 2017
Close-up on the bulldozer.
 

The shadows in the mural are wonderful.

Magazine Street just before Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA

This morning on the wrong side of the tracks.


This car’s impressive! Even with the ribbed surface, the circus-style lettering is perfect.

PELY JAWZ: Freight car train graffiti, Lowell MA
PELY JAWZ
 

2PELY JAWZ (close-up): Freight car train graffiti, Lowell MA
PELY JAWZ – close-up of the Z
 

A few cars down, a paisley-feeling work:

IiN: Freight car train graffiti, Lowell MA
IiN ?
 

Freight railroad tracks
Lowell, MA

It’s a toothy kind of morning.


This xray looks like toes:
(But it’s my teeth.)

Teeth xrays that look like toes.
 

Meanwhile, the Hatch Shell is looking like a land shark with big teeth:
(But they’re just getting ready for the big Boston Pops Fourth of July Concert.)

Hatch Shell with big teeth.  Boston MA
 

[1] At the Endodontist (in the West End)
[2] The Edward A. Hatch Memorial Shell (at the Charles River Esplanade)
Boston, MA

I think blue herons and people can both cross here.


Took a lunchtime ride to Waltham and crossed over the Charles River on this beautiful trail bridge.

Massachusetts DCR Blue Heron Bridge over the Charles River, Waltham MA
 

Charles River Reservation
Blue Heron Bridge
Charles River
Waltham, MA

I didn’t drop it, but…


Had a great ride today to and through the Lowell Dracut State Forest on a *perfect* summer afternoon. You, gentle reader, might note the lack of knobby tires and suspension on the bicycle, but when it comes to roads and trails, this bike puts a grin on my face that can’t be beat.

Lowell Dracut State Forest and my Bianchi bike.  Lowell MA
Not a mountain bike
 

Lowell Dracut State Forest
Carney Road area
Lowell, MA

At Lowell’s GLBT Pride Family Picnic


The Lowell Pride Committee held the second annual Lowell Pride Family Picnic today. In it’s honor, the weather changed from oppressive to perfect. There was live music, fabulous drag queens, and lots of local organizations. And this lady across the canal with her magic bubble fish nets:

The amazing bubble lady, Utopia Park, Lowell MA

 

The amazing bubble lady, Utopia Park, Lowell MA

 

The way this thing works is that she dips the big net into a bucket of soapy water, then holds the net up to the breeze. She also had a net that was just one big hole; it made person-sized bubbles that split and joined like magic.

UPDATE 07/07/2017:
The Lowell Sun ran a story about the bubble lady this morning. She is MJ Bujold, a Lowell artist.

Utopia Park
Along the Pawtucket and Hamilton Canals
Downtown Lowell, MA

It only sounds like a CBS crime drama


The Massachusetts State Police have a barracks on Boston Harbor at the Charles River.

Massachusetts State Police Marine Division, Charles River Boston Harbor, Boston MA
Massachusetts State Police Marine Division
 

It’s probably more interesting working here than doing speed patrols on I-495.

At the end of the Charles River
(As viewed from Lovejoy Wharf)
Boston, MA

Somehow, I’ve never been to the North End.


So on the way to North Station tonight, I biked across the street and through the North End for the first time. Although the waterfront parks are delightful, the rest of the neighborhood is filled with rude clueless tourists and unpredictable clueless car drivers. Get me the hell outta here!

North End waterfront from Langone Park, Boston MA
Boston’s North End Waterfront.
 

Hanover Street, North End, Boston MA
Hanover Street. The bell tower is St Steven’s Church.
 

North End neighborhood
Boston, MA

No way I’m climbing up there.


The Tall Ships are in Boston for a week.
After work tonight, I rode over to the Charlestown Navy Yard to see the Coast Guard’s ship, the USCG Barque Eagle .

USCG Barque Eagle | Tall Ships | Boston MA
USCG Barque Eagle
 

Carved Eagle Masthead | USCG Barque Eagle | Tall Ships | Boston MA
Carved Eagle Masthead, USCG Barque Eagle
 

USCG Barque Eagle | Tall Ships | Boston MA
Flags, USCG Barque Eagle
 

Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston, MA

Out for a family swim on a warm morning


Spotted these guys on the way to work this morning. It’s the first time I’ve seen the goslings in the river this year.

Canadian geese and goslings on the Charles River, Boston MA
Geese and goslings on the Charles
 

Next to the Charles River Bike Path
Boston, MA