- Jun 29, 2006
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Ahh, the good ol' days. RichardThomas sent me this picture.
It was pretty safe, despite the Andrew Puopolo murder. The 70's there were amazing. White Eldorados pimped out with the full Superfly package, Pam Grier lookalikes on every corner, Rep. Wilbur Hayes jiggling with Fanny Foxe on the stage at the Pilgrim. Times Square too...man where is my Curtis Mayfield cd?My, how times have changed. Why go to a theater when you have the internets?
I would be scared walking to or from the T station at night here.
In October 1966, the Boston Herald began running stories pointing out that the only commemoration of the Liberty Tree site was a grimy plaque on a building three stories above what is now the intersection of Washington and Boylston Streets. Reporter Ronald Kessler  found that the plaque, a block east of Boston Common, was covered with bird droppings and obscured by a Kemp?s hamburger sign.
No one in the area had even noticed the site ?where America was born.? Local guidebooks did not mention it.
Kessler persuaded then Massachusetts Gov. John A. Volpe to visit the site. A photo of Volpe examining the plaque from a fire engine ladder appeared on page one of the October 6, 1966 edition of the Boston Herald.
Volpe promised to preserve the site, and eventually the Boston Redevelopment Authority created a handsome bronze bas relief replica of the liberty tree and installed it in a small plaza on Boylston Street at Washington Street. The plaque bears the inscription "Sons of Liberty, 1766; Independence of the Country, 1776."
It was safer when there were lots of people. You only found trouble if you looked for it.I'm not sure how much safer I'd feel walking to/from the T late at night today than I would at the time this picture was taken. Some shady folks still hang out there, but a llot fewer people than would have been attracted by the adult entertainment would be around.
I don't think so. The join point between the new tunnel and the old elevated incline was several blocks south of here, beyond Kneeland Street.I believe it was when they tore down the elevated line and were connecting the old stations(essex here) to the new orange line tunnels