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Cool shot^. Wonder if the devonshire tower was considered ugly when it was first built. Also interesting to see the numerous old buildings before 1 financial and international place etc
 

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That Rowes Wharf hadn't been built yet in 1982 is stunning to me. Granted, I was born a few years after that photo was taken, but I kind of assumed that building had been there for decades since it's such a prominent part of the waterfront there.
 

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Early 80's was pretty much the pinnacle of ugliness for the downtown skyline, before some decent looking towers went up.
 

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Aerial Shot 1982

Boston Skyline 1982 by Tony Wasserman, on Flickr
I like that you can see the effect of Big Dig not only in that the highway is now underground, but also in that downtown is now *so* much denser than it was in 1982.

(And yes I also recognize that you can see the effect of the highways in the fact that it is also much less dense than it was in 1930)
 

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the big takeaway from that pic for me is just how impactful the Rowes Wharf complex is on downtown, aesthetically. Without it - as in that photo - the whole city looks much less cohesive and noticably smaller.
 

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i've never thought Devonshire Tower was ugly. i don't think it's gorgeous. God there are dozens of far uglier things that truly piss me off. i've never had any problem with it, other than being about 15 floors shorter than necessary.
 

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Lots of folks thought 1 IP was hideous when it was built. Some thought all the Palladian windows looked sort of like paper dolls just stuck on with no depth or character. That idea is largely forgotten now. The skyline looked good in the 80's many of the really nice older stone structures stood out more and there was a lot more going on at ground level in bars, clubs and live music. The skyline is bigger and denser now but not sure the city is better. It's definitely more expensive and probably more cosmopolitan now but not sure it's more fun.
 

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The skyline is bigger and denser now but not sure the city is better. It's definitely more expensive and probably more cosmopolitan now but not sure it's more fun.
Oh yes don't we all miss the days when Boston was an inbred, provincial, intolerant backwater of a city ruled by an endless bounty of corrupt, good-for-nothing white Irish men! Who needs diversity and a vibrant future-focused economy, am I right?

This city is light years better than it was in the 80s, don't let nostalgia play tricks on you.
 

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I think he was just saying he liked to get hammered at bars with no TVs in them...
 

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Oh yes don't we all miss the days when Boston was an inbred, provincial, intolerant backwater of a city ruled by an endless bounty of corrupt, good-for-nothing white Irish men! Who needs diversity and a vibrant future-focused economy, am I right?

This city is light years better than it was in the 80s, don't let nostalgia play tricks on you.
+1. I guess some folks miss the good ol' Bubonic Plague also.

Those "good ol' days of Boston" were only good for Whitey Bulger, Louise Day Hicks and Dapper O'Neil. Seriously, what an embarrassing parochial shitshow Boston used to be......

It's come a long way, baby.
 

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Oh yes don't we all miss the days when Boston was an inbred, provincial, intolerant backwater of a city ruled by an endless bounty of corrupt, good-for-nothing white Irish men! Who needs diversity and a vibrant future-focused economy, am I right?

This city is light years better than it was in the 80s, don't let nostalgia play tricks on you.
Ummm, racist much?

This is pretty ridiculously offensive. Mods - is it OK to spew this sort of racism on the forum?
 

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Ummm, racist much?

This is pretty ridiculously offensive. Mods - is it OK to spew this sort of racism on the forum?
I'm a white Irish guy, and I think his description is pretty much on point. We weren't - and arguably still aren't - the most tolerant, open-minded group of people. My first Thanksgiving back in the US in years sadly reminded me about this.
 

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i'm confused by this comment ^^^. The Fed Reserve has aluminum cladding. Aluminum doesn't corrode, rust, or stain. The building looks great to me; it's one of my favorite skyscrapers in Boston.
 

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i'm confused by this comment ^^^. The Fed Reserve has aluminum cladding. Aluminum doesn't corrode, rust, or stain. The building looks great to me; it's one of my favorite skyscrapers in Boston.
Maybe I only see the Fed in person on gloomy days? I love this building too BTW, it’s unique and projects power and stability. To me though, it always looks brighter and more reflective in older pics.
 

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it could be in need of a powerwashing of some type i suppose. even w/o rust or stain, any surface is susceptible to dirt/dust/grime.

i know there have been a few aluminum panels that got dented or bent over the years and were replaced.
 

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