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Roslindale Vistas

By Adam Gaffin

November 06, 2005

Where's the foghorn?

Fog coming in

Fog descends on Washington Street in Roslindale late one foggy fall afternoon.

September 07, 2005

Fill 'er up

Old pumps never die ...

Did people used to pull up in their Studebakers and Ramblers to this now ancient pump on Cummins Highway in Roslindale? Did a bell, activated by an air hose, ding twice, summoning a swarm of snappy attendants in spiffy uniforms who'd check the oil and clean the windshields as the driver went into the station for a free map and a bottle of Coke (which he'd down after using the wall-mounted opener)?

August 12, 2005

Urban hieroglyphics

A pedestrian bridge across the Amtrak and commuter-rail tracks connects Metropolitan Avenue in Roslindale with Metropolitian Avenue in Hyde Park. It's covered in grafitti that no doubt is laden with deep significance to somebody. Most of us, however, can only wonder who, or what, LOC is and why somebody had to come all the way down from Eggie, a.k.a. Egleston Square, to mark his presence. It's almost enough to make you think this seemingly abandoned bridge in the middle of nowhere is, in fact, at the front line of some unseen war.

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August 09, 2005

Now entering Hyde Park

Some marker

If you look, you can still spot signs that Hyde Park was once an independent town, 93 years after Boston annexed it. Above is a former town boundary marker at Dale Street and Windham Road (in what most people would now consider Roslindale) that has somehow survived decades of snowplowing and repaving (there's a "B" on the other side).

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March 05, 2005

Remain calm!


Sign in the window of John F. Kennedy TV repair place on South Street, Roslindale Square. It's right around the corner from Wapo Taco, where they must have finally gotten tired of people asking them if they sold subs (they also have a sign advising "No Pizza!):

No subs!

November 21, 2004


Washington Street.

Looking up

The view at twilight from the bottom of the spiral slide at the Conley School playground, Poplar Street.

October 18, 2003

Neon bowl

The Golden House on Washington Street in Roslindale has a neon bowl of steaming hot food in its window:

September 28, 2003


No, the view down Metropolitan Avenue from Poplar Street.

Not Vermont

September 26, 2003

Downtown views

There are numerous spots in the neighborhood where you can get really nice views of downtown Boston and the Back Bay. One of my favorites is on Washington Street, because you're driving down the street when all of a sudden, just past the Brooks, boom, there's downtown right in your face - and just as suddenly, as you near Beech Street, the view disappears.

Downtown view

The view is also constantly changing, depending on the time of day and weather. Here's a shot of a ghostly Back Bay from the Bates School parking lot on a foggy day:


The Beech Street cliff

Take Beech Street past West Street and you wind up in a little cul-de-sac on the side of a cliff, with some nice views of the surrounding neighborhoods and towns (on July 4th, you can watch fireworks from the South Shore):

Cliff view

The cliff is falling apart - old maps show Beech Street continuing into Hyde Park, but now there's only a footpath and a chain link fence that keeps you from falling off the side of the cliff:

Falling cliff