Boston Rambles

Boston Rambles

A Rambler Walks and Talks About the Hub of the Universe

Building Bridges in Boston, or How to Lose Friends and Money.

“One if by land, and two if by sea: And I on the opposite shore shall be.” The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. First published in The Atlantic Monthly in 1861 . “We returned from Cambridge by way of Charlestown. Crossing that ferry to Boston…” Dr. Alexander Hamilton, Entry Wednesday, August 15, 1744… (read more)

Memory Lanes

Most of my rambles around Boston have been in the ‘neighborhoods’, the areas added to the original town on the Shawmut peninsula over the course of the century after the creation of the United States of America. This is not in any way a rejection of  ‘ye olde towne’; in fact, the profound historical complexity… (read more)

The Forces of Darkness Updated: Part IV-The Dark Side. And a Path to the Light.

Look, let me begin by stating that, although I have never personally visited any of the 54 counties that I am about to discuss, I am sure that they are not horrible places. Not only are they likely (having not visited any of them) quite varied and interesting, some are probably very beautiful and I… (read more)

Forces of Darkness Updated: Part III-The Dark Side is Near.

Before I plunge into the darkness, I want to pull out from the 58 remaining counties in Pennsylvania the two or three remaining bright spots for the Democratic Party. Unsurprisingly the transformation of  Dauphin and Centre, the counties I will examine briefly, is the result of increased diversity and higher levels of education. Dauphin County… (read more)