Green Welcome

By: Gustav Hoiland

Nov 06 2013

Category: architecture

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Aperture:f/4
Focal Length:24mm
ISO:3200
Shutter:1/30 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Street and Building

Ahh, the restaurant fronting with a bus stop. What’s really needed there is an immediate-service window for to-go appetizers and such. Something that can be ordered, handed over, and paid for within the time of a bus coming into sight a few blocks down the road.

I walked through Beacon Hill the other day, along its main commercial thruway Charles Street. I maybe went into 4% of the stores on it in my year of living right there. But it’s fascinating to see how the store mix there compares to Jamaica Plain, my current roost.

The stores are a literal representation of the wants and desires of the nearby citizenry (with occasional tourist districts). JP’s Centre street has thrift stores aplenty, numerous ethnic restaurants, and a host of yoga studios. Charles street had spas and schmancy restaurants. But really about 60% of it is all the same – coffee shops, convenienceries, flower shops, antique purveyors, salons, banks, galleries, clothiers, etc.

Just interesting.

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