Boston: More Photos from Beantown
As one of the oldest cities in America, Boston, Massachusetts has a lot to see and do for history buffs like me. You can see the square where the Boston Massacre occurred, or the original State House, with the Lion and Unicorn symbols of the British Empire. But Boston isn’t a living museum like Colonial Williamsburg; it’s a vibrant modern city. For example, the Old State House is surrounded by the shadows of the Financial District skyscrapers, and this 300-year-old building houses a “T” station (itself a century old). As both an urbanist and a historian, I like seeing the layers of time and the juxtapositions of an old but modern city.
Of course, this combination of old and new isn’t just limited to Boston. Across the Charles River lies Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cambridge is home to Harvard and MIT. As a college town, its old buildings are full of young people and modern ideas. And as the oldest college town in America, it’s the source of much of the collegiate culture across the United States, a culture that influences me even a decade after graduation.
Have you ever been to Boston and/or Cambridge? If so, what combination of old and new do you like best? Let me know in the comment section.