I love, love, LOVE this week’s challenge topic! It allows me to share a bit of my “backstory,” a 21st century scratch on the wall about my urban roots.
A brief word re: the pictures below: NONE of them are my own. I discovered a wonderful photographer via Flickr, whose many shots so perfectly captured the urban environment, I had difficulty selecting the “best” ones!
I grew up in Everett, a working-class, blue-collar city adjacent to Boston. Our street, Fremont Ave, was situated near the top of Lawrence St., in a section known as Hospital Hill. From any backporch on the odd-numbered side of the street, you could see the entire Boston Skyline, the Shipyards, and Logan Airport. On exceptionally clear days, a tiny corner of Revere Beach was even visible!
Fremont Avenue is comprised of two-family homes. For 17 years my family rented in two different flats on this street. The yellow house in the photo below shows the second apartment we called home; we lived on the second floor. If you look between the houses, you’ll notice a bit of the urban skyline through the haze.
Now let me zoom out, so you get a feel for the densely settled urban area that is Metropolitan Boston North:
Mouse over the center of the above picture….When you see the word Whidden, you’re above my old house!
Wave and say Hi!
Until next time…….
Again many thanks to Scleroplex for the great pictures!