Month: February 2010

in front of old south church.

This lovely installation, part fish weir and part holiday decoration, was installed by members of Old South Church on Boylston Street.  Old South Church is a beautiful old building with a very new vibe – they are GLBT friendly and host lots of community events, a jazz worship service, and more.  In the summer they have a beautiful garden that grows heirloom flowers and vegetables, and in the winter they now have this.  What a great piece of service for a congregation to offer to its community, during color-starved winter. Advertisements

hello east boston.

Last weekend my friend Molly and I braved the February cold in search of tortillas, urban revitalization, and harbor views.  Not necessarily in that order (we never found the tortillas).  East Boston is home to one of the largest Latino communities in the Boston area, and it used to be a primarily Italian-American neighborhood.  So there are lots of fantastic smells, Catholic churches, and restaurants on every street.  Eastie also has part of the Boston HarborWalk, a local resource which is absolutely gorgeous though admittedly more pleasant in the summer than in the bitter cold of midwinter.  Anyhow, feast your eyes on some of these great shots of old waterfront piers and warehouses, the New Urbanist fantasia of Maverick Landing (which I could have sworn was a Hope VI property…), and more.  Picture the smell of plantains, chicharron, and some freshly cooked pasta wafting down the street, Latin music playing through the windows of passing cars, and a gorgeous winter sun glinting off the Boston Harbor, and you’re as good as there.

LexFarm update

So, the Farming activists in Lexington are getting geared up for a fight.  Their goal is to get a farm advocate onto the board that will determine the use of the Busa Farm land.  This board is currently being assembled.  WickedLocal wrote a quick article about these citizen advocacy efforts, which includes a poll.  The poll categories represent the different development options available for the land, since as it was purchased with CPA funds.  It’s an interesting fight to follow!

sweeping the ashes under the rug.

There is an incredible article in the February 1 issue of The New Yorker, “Embers” by George Packer.  In the article, Packer travels to Dresden, Germany to explore how the city has addressed the memory of its participation in World War II, its devastating bombing by the Allies, an its legacy as an East German emblem of victimization by the West.  This language of memory is implicit in seemingly inocuous decisions: restoring a church spire to its former glory, the presence and absence of small commemorations of Jewish residents throughout the town streets.  Packer describes a city that is so committed to forgetting the immediate trauma of its role and devastation in World War II, it has single mindedly pursued the restoration of the city to its pre-War appearance.  By embracing its Baroque beauty, its cultural heritage, Dresden has shed not only the stigma of its place as a center of Nazi power but also the painful memory of the complete destruction of the city. Into this environment comes architect Daniel Liebeskind’s design for a …