Finally having this book is making me want to read up on some of Boston's urban "renewal" projects. The razing of the East End. The highway that they almost allowed to bisect the South End.
I didn't learn about the destruction of the East End until my 20s when I was wandering near MGH one day and came across a plaque commemorating the neighborhood that had once stood there.
Before that I had never thought too hard about how jarring it was to come to the end of Beacon Street and the centuries-old brick of Beacon Hill and be dumped under an underpass and into what might be one of the worst intersections that I've ever had to cross.
But suddenly it was so obvious that that demarcation symbolized something that was lost in favor of "progress."
Oh, if anyone knows of any good books about this topic, I'd love some suggestions.
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