Write a Letter to Help Fix Cambridge Street


[cross-posted from my Boston Bike Commuter blog]   Wednesday is the deadline to help fix Cambridge Street by signing Fix Cambridge Street‘s community letter to MassDOT at http://tinyurl.com/CambridgeStreet.   Please also send an email to dot.feedback.highway@state.ma.us with your own comments (mention “Project File # 606376”).   Keep up with news on Facebook and Twitter. My letter to MassDOT is below. January 27, 2014…

Book Review: Walkable City by Jeff Speck


Author: Jeff Speck Title: Walkable City Publication Info: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2012. ISBN: 9780374285814 Summary/Review: A city planner by trade, Speck is aware of what works and doesn’t work in creating and maintaining thriving metropolises.  He blames many of his fellow planners for the big mistakes of repeatedly designing cities for the swift movement…

Book Review: The lost art of walking by Geoff Nicholson


Author: Geoff  Nicholson Title: The lost art of walking : the history, science, philosophy, and literature of pedestrianism Publication Info: New York : Riverhead Books, 2008 ISBN: 9781594489983 Summary/Review:   Geoff  Nicholson takes on the quotidian topic of walking, something just about everyone can do, although there who some who can who fail to exercise the ability regularly….

Book Review: Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit


Author: Rebecca Solnit Title: Wanderlust : a history of walking Publication Info: New York : Viking, c2000. ISBN: 0670882097 Summary/Review: I like walking and a history of walking intrigued me.  It was not quite what I expected as Solnit takes a philosophical and metaphysical approach to the concept of walking.  The book includes ruminations on…

Boston By Foot Tour of the Month – Chestnut Hill


Today I took the excellent Boston By Foot Tour of the Month of Chestnut Hill.  While the neighborhood straddles Newton, Brookline, and Boston, the tour covered the Newton portion viewing elegant houses along shady lanes. My photos are online here, with some samples below. The official description of  the tour from the Boston By Foot…

Boston By Foot Avenue of the Arts Tour


Come out this Sunday July 25th at 2pm for a guided walking tour of Boston’s Avenue of the Arts lead by Boston By Foot guides (including yours truly).  The tour begins in front of The Church of Christ, Scientist on Massachusetts Avenue and the cost is just $15/person.  If you become a Boston By Foot…

The Best Dam Walking Tour in Boston


I promote a lot of tours on this blog, but if there’s one tour you must take this summer it’s the Exploring the Charles River Basin tour offered by Boston By Foot guides (including myself).  The tour steps off at 2 pm on Sunday, June 27th from Nashua Street Park just opposite the exit from…

FREE Tour of Jamaica Pond on Saturday!


Saturday June 19th at 11 am, meet at the Jamaica Pond Bandstand near the intersection of Pond Street and Jamaicaway for a 90-minute tour around Jamaica Pond.   Yours truly will be one of the guides for this Jamaica Plain Historical Society walking tour. Official description of the tour from the JPHS website: Once a gathering…

Boston By Foot Tour of the Month – Preserving Boston’s History


Today I took Boston By Foot’s August Tour of the Month focusing on the Historic Preservation movement entitled Preserving Boston’s History.  The tour featured many familiar Boston landmarks and the guide informed us how historic preservationists saved many of them from the dustheap. I’ve put a gallery of photos from the tour on my website….

Charles River Basin Walking Tour


I promote a lot of tours on this blog, but if there’s one tour you must take this summer it’s the Exploring the Charles River Basin tour offered by Boston By Foot guides (including myself).  The tour steps off at 2 pm on Sunday, July 26th from Nashua Street Park just opposite the exit from…

Boston By Foot Waterfront Tour


Celebrate Sail Boston ’09 with a Boston By Foot walking tour of the Boston Waterfront.  Meet at the Sam Adams statue in Dock Square by Faneuil Hall on Friday, July 10th 2009.  The ninety-minute tour steps off at 6 pm and will cover much of the made land that once was the waterfront in colonial…

Benjamin Franklin in Boston


Does the name “Benjamin Franklin” bring to mind an elderly man with a bald pate and a pot belly? Well, Ben Franklin was a boy once too and his boyhood was spent right here in the city of Boston.  Come learn about Benjamin Franklin’s early days and influences on the Boston By Foot walking tour…

The Flat is Where It’s At!


If a Jamaica Pond tour isn’t enough for one weekend, head to Charles/MGH station on Sunday June 28th as Boston By Foot presents the Tour of the Month, The Flat of Beacon Hill.  This special tour will focus on the lesser known and once unfashionable area built on made land along the Charles River.  Stepping…

FREE Tour of Jamaica Pond on Saturday!


The Jamaica Plain Historical Society debuts its newest neighborhood tour of Jamaica Pond this Saturday, June 27th at 11 am.  The 90-minute walking tour will discuss the residential, industrial, and recreational history of this scenic gem.  The tour departs from the bandstand near the intersection of Pond Street and Jamaicaway, and yours truly will be…

Boston Walking Tours 2009


Last year I posted a list of walking tours in the Boston area in hopes of encouraging people to get out and explore the history, architecture, culture, topography, and nature of the area.  I’ve updated the list and links for 2009, once again giving primacy of place to the two organizations in which I volunteer…

Book Review: Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt


I expected Traffic (2008) by Tom Vanderbilt to be an interesting but it proved to be a fascinating and provocative book about driving.  There’s a lot of stuff here about the assumptions and practices of driving that amazed even me someone who hates driving and obsesses over how dangerous it is.  Vanderbilt surveys the world,…

Walk for Hunger 2009


It’s time again for one of my favorite events of the year, Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger. I’ll be walking with my wife Susan and son Peter.  At least one of us has participated every year since 2004.  This year will be the first time all three of us will walk together as family.  It…

Boston By Foot Special Tour: Literary Landmarks, Continued


An entire week has passed, and I’ve yet to write about Boston By Foot’s special tour of 20th Century writers who lived and worked on Beacon Hill held on March 8th entitled Literary Landmarks, Continued.   This is a sequel of sorts to the regular Literary Landmarks tour which focuses on the 19th Century writers in…

Boston By Foot Special Tour: Bells, Bridges & Locks


On a sunny but breezy Sunday afternoon, a couple of dozen brave souls ventured out to explore the connections across the Charles between North Station and the Charlestown Navy Yard.  The occassion was a Boston By Foot tour for the Boston By Foot Meetup Group called Bells, Bridges, & Locks.  If you feel bad about…

Boston By Foot Special Tour: The Flat of Beacon Hill


On Sunday, December 7th, a hearty band of around two-dozen fans of Boston history and architecture came out for a special sneak preview of an upcoming Tour of the Month of The Flat of Beacon Hill.  The Flat is part of Beacon Hill literally removed from the top of the hill and used to fill…