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Old 08-14-2018, 11:47 PM   #81
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Re: Boston - Most Embarrassing Blight That Tourists See

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Even tourists with no architectural interest can tell that its ugly and doesn't fit what they thought (cobblestone streets, brick churches).
Reasonably well kept buildings aren't really blight, though. I can think of a few ways of describing the West End, but blight wouldn't be one.
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Old 08-15-2018, 06:31 AM   #82
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^ yeah, exactly...some people don't seem to be getting the theme for this thread. It wasn't meant to just be about "stuff you don't like"...it was meant to be about instances of neglect/under-maintenance/inaction in prominent places...
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:57 AM   #83
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This one is pretty horrible....... it's ass end even worse

There's huge potential for this blight with the help of a few 5,000 lb bombs....

https://www.google.com/maps/place/18...!4d-71.0866845
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:59 AM   #84
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This one is pretty horrible....... it's ass end even worse

There's huge potential for this blight with the help of a few 5,000 lb bombs....

https://www.google.com/maps/place/18...!4d-71.0866845
Not embarrassing and not a blight
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:21 AM   #85
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Not embarrassing and not a blight
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Old 08-15-2018, 02:53 PM   #86
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^ yeah, exactly...some people don't seem to be getting the theme for this thread. It wasn't meant to just be about "stuff you don't like"...it was meant to be about instances of neglect/under-maintenance/inaction in prominent places...
OK. If it's speficific to blight, than I nominate State Service Center.
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:01 PM   #87
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Something totally incredibly awesome can happen here.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/18...!4d-71.0866845

This ain't it.
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:38 PM   #88
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Something totally incredibly awesome can happen here.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/18...!4d-71.0866845

This ain't it.
Looks more like a Soviet-era apartment block than anything else.
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Old 08-16-2018, 11:38 AM   #89
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Something totally incredibly awesome can happen here.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/18...!4d-71.0866845

This ain't it.
Still isn't blight.
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Old 08-17-2018, 07:56 PM   #90
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Re: Boston - Most Embarrassing Blight That Tourists See

Although improved, there is still a healthy amount of urban blight in Charlestown especially to the east of the Bunker Hill memorial. The Sullivan Square rotary and road network is also a mess, and will become even more visible to tourists once Encore casino is open.

Generally speaking though, Boston has much less visible blight than other cities in the northeast corridor.
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Still isn't blight.
No--in a way it's much worse, because in its bland sterility it completely erases the horrific history behind its development: that it literally emerged out of the ashes of a series of heinous arson attacks that deliberately targeted that low-income neighborhood in the early 1970s:

http://archive.boston.com/blogs/your...ing_greed.html

For a variety of reasons, people (quite understandably) accuse the BPDA of heinous misdeeds with the West End, etc. But the Symphony arson crime ring--which was technically homicidal--seems orders of magnitude worse.
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Old 08-18-2018, 08:13 PM   #92
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Wow. Thanks for posting that.
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