Monday, July 27, 2009
Boston Blitz No. 4
The Boston Common and The Boston Public Gardens: The Commons was once Boston’s cow pasture, which later evolved into a gathering area where political speeches and protests simmered. Now it’s part of the greenway or Emerald Necklace of Boston (green spaces within the city limits all leading to the Common and Gardens). It’s the oldest park in the US, about 50 acres large. In the 70's, free rock concerts featuring budding groups entertained the college students - The Bank, Aerosmith, The Doobie Brothers.
The State House overlooks the Commons, and Charles Street (a historic section of the city) intersects both the Commons and the Gardens. A magnificent raised relief black plaque of Robert Gould Shaw, the first Black regiment, featured in the movie, Glory, graces the entrance to the Common from the State House.
The Public Gardens gave the artistocracy of Boston a respite to the cows. Now a haven for picnickers, strollers, dog walkers, tourists and brides whose photographer couldn't ask for a better shot of Bostonia in the Public Gardens. The swan boats are hauled out each spring -- and last all summer under peddle power by the local student workers...