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Heres a good one.

Neptune rd, the infamous road in East Boston that had all of its houses demolished along with Lovell st and Neptune ct to make room for the logan airport expansion in the 70’s, still exists. Neptune rd is bound by jersey barriers but its there. Neptune ct is also partially there too. Lovell st is the longer winding road that Neptune starts from. Neptune rd is the road from this iconic photograph.


Neptune rd before demolition. Note the median and slight rightward curve.


Neptune road today, sidewalks still in tact, center median still there. Theres even a couple trees.
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Wood island station on the left for reference. Its kind of sad because the space on the left of the street is just being wasted with an empty paved lot where houses used to be.
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Here it is on apple maps
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Still labelled if you zoom in.
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More iconic images of Neptune rd.



It would have been so cool to still be able to experience this today. It brings up similarities to the closed kai tak hong airport in hong kong. Its extremely rare to have images like this today and I dont think cities are necessarily better because of it.


https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.businessinsider.com/east-boston-neptune-road-1970s-2011-9?amp
 
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Heres a good one.

Neptune rd, the infamous road in East Boston that had all of its houses demolished along with Lovell st and Neptune ct to make room for the logan airport expansion in the 70’s, still exists. Neptune rd is bound by jersey barriers but its there. Neptune ct is also partially there too. Lovell st is the longer winding road that Neptune starts from. Neptune rd is the road from this iconic photograph.


Neptune rd before demolition. Note the median and slight rightward curve.


Neptune road today, sidewalks still in tact, center median still there. Theres even a couple trees.
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Wood island station on the left for reference. Its kind of sad because the space on the left of the street is just being wasted with an empty paved lot where houses used to be.
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Here it is on apple maps
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Still labelled if you zoom in.
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More iconic images of Neptune rd.



It would have been so cool to still be able to experience this today. It brings up similarities to the closed kai tak hong airport in hong kong. Its extremely rare to have images like this today and I dont think cities are necessarily better because of it.


https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.businessinsider.com/east-boston-neptune-road-1970s-2011-9?amp
Fascinating historical remnant that I didn't realize was there, thank you for pointing it out. The similarity to the late, lamented Kai Tak is noticeable.

I find it wryly amusing that while the planes landing at Boston are long gone (two 727s and a DC-10, though I'm betting you wouldn't see "DC-10" written anywhere on that plane), all three are of airlines that you'd still find at Logan today (two Americans and a Delta), and one of those two used the same livery until pretty recently (I'll refrain from comment on American's new livery.)
 

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I didn't realize Boston had an honest-to-goodness urban ruin like that, that's pretty cool (and sad in the West End Urban Renewal sense).

That being said, in a post-9/11 world those photos are really unsettling to me. Do not like.
 

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It would have been so cool to still be able to experience this today. It brings up similarities to the closed kai tak hong airport in hong kong. Its extremely rare to have images like this today and I dont think cities are necessarily better because of it.
By "experience" do you mean it would have been cool to live on Neptune Rd with planes buzzing by just overhead? I get how the chaotic mash up of older cities is interesting, not sure I'd call it better.
 

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