The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.
Looks pretty much the same today, just with different businesses (art gallery, framing shop) and signs.
Also, it's now one-way southbound, so you have to park facing the other way.
Kevin White changed the direction of Charles Street. He also changed the direction of a section of Marlborough Street which was once famously known as "The Block", a gay hustling area. Cars would circle and circle the block of Arlington, Marlborough, Berkeley and Comm. Ave. looking for "action". This upset the upscale residents of Marlborough, so Kevin White just surreptitiously changed the direction of the street suddenly and with no warning.
"The Block" was the named for the four corners the Park Sq Building abuts. St. James, Arlington, Berkeley and Boylston. That's where the hustlers would congregate.
I spent many a night driving men who shall remain nameless over the years that patronized the Block.
Actually, we covered all this before here, and you conceded that "The Block" was indeed on Marlborough.
I stand corrected. Good memory as mine muse be fading after all that weed...
Was in that part of Park Sq.
The Block was nearby but not the same.
from about the time when the Charles Street Steakhouse was the cheapest and best joint in town!
Remember Mister Donut?
I do, When I was a little kid in the 70s, I remember them.
I am pretty sure there was still one in natick in the 90’s.
... in Japan.
I loved Mr. Donut. Both the coffee and the donuts were much better than the now ubiquitous Dunkin Donuts.
It must have stopped in for a quick coffee and a donut between recalls.
What a crap car.
Fenders that got gaping rust holes in the top within about a year, motors that had chrome-plated cylinder bores, which shed that plating after a few thousand miles, chewing up the engine's guts. Of course, it was the Motor Trend Car of the Year it was introduced. Never, ever pay any attention to that award. The Vega wasn't the only terrible car that won it.
Almost as nostalgic for this UHub post from 10 years ago:
Glad somebody around here still has his memory intact!
The Vega seemed to be white trash/redneck car of choice and I swore I would never ride in one.
Turns out my first boyfriend, with whom I moved with to Boston, drove a Vega... smh
Thanks for playing, folks! Charles Street is correct.This is 73-75 Charles Street on January 14, 1973. You can see the original photo here: https://cityofboston.access.preservica.com/uncategorized/IO_19056c84-b83...
For more photos from this survey, you can take a look here: https://cityofboston.access.preservica.com/index.php?name=SO_6e7ce012-cf...
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