- May 25, 2006
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A dyke or a seawall could actually make it worse. It would turn the harbor brackish and kill the salt marshes.
Ugh - I hate the argument that the general population has to back wealthy waterfront landowners' poor investments... Privatize gains, socialize losses. Gross.It should be a no-brainer that a sea-wall of some sort will have to be constructed. I can't imagine the economic cost of a major retreat out of a city even modestly sized like Boston - that's talking about hundreds of billions of dollars of real-estate being abandoned/lost.
The 1923 Blue Line cars were not replaced until 1980. When I visited Montreal in 1967 I was blown away by their Metro. I felt like Jed Clampett when he arrived in Beverly Hills. Well Doggies! There was a modern world out there.The subway system was not that bad, in some ways better than today; no graffiti or homeless people back then. I do remember litter being very bad. It used to accumulate along the underside of chain link fences everywhere and was strewn alongside highways, etc. But I consider the litter of the 1950's to be the temporary byproduct of a newly affluent and disposable consumer culture. It took a few years for people to adjust to that, and by the 1970's it was pretty much all gone.
I'll tell you what for me was very different about the late 1950's/early 60's. I used to walk by myself, as a 10-year old kid, from Central Square, up Main Street to a basement in the Newtowne Court housing project to attend after-school art classes. Try that today and see what happens.
My point was that the concept of a smartphone was not that radical to someone in the 2000s. It was an evolution of an already established product paradigm. Mostly what Apple did was slap a consumer friendlier UX on the existing PDA concept while merging the idea of the iPod as an entertainment device with the phone / calendar / web browser capabilities of a PDA.The first iPhone came out in 2007. I worked for AT&T Wireless at the time. Before that there were a few smartphones like the Blackberry but they had a low IQ.