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.
The complete mural.
Close-up on the citizen protestors.
Close-up on the bulldozer.
The shadows in the mural are wonderful.
Magazine Street just before Memorial Drive
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 – close-up of the Z
A few cars down, a paisley-feeling work:
Freight railroad tracks
It’s a toothy kind of morning.
This xray looks like toes:
(But it’s my teeth.)
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.)
 At the Endodontist (in the West End)
 The Edward A. Hatch Memorial Shell (at the Charles River Esplanade)
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.
Charles River Reservation
Blue Heron Bridge
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.
Not a mountain bike
Lowell Dracut State Forest
Carney Road area
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 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.
The Lowell Sun ran a story about the bubble lady this morning. She is MJ Bujold, a Lowell artist.
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
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)
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!
Boston’s North End Waterfront.
Hanover Street. The bell tower is St Steven’s Church.
North End neighborhood
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
Carved Eagle Masthead, USCG Barque Eagle
Flags, USCG Barque Eagle
Charlestown Navy Yard
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.
Geese and goslings on the Charles
Next to the Charles River Bike Path