Boston Pops

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January 21, 2009

The heart of the American Revolution, Boston became home to midnight rides and at least one wild tea party. Yet this spirit of rebellion is tempered by a deep conservatism that has shaped the urban landscape since the 19th century. Drive through the South End, with its rows of Victorian-era townhouses, or up past the brick federals on Beacon Hill, and you might begin to think that the independent spirit of the city’s founders lives on mostly in the local driving habits.

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  The Institute of Contemporary Art, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, sits harborside, backed by the financial titans of the city skyline. The surrounding parking lots will disappear as the district is developed in the coming years.  Photo by: Erik Johnson
    The Institute of Contemporary Art, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, sits harborside, backed by the financial titans of the city skyline. The surrounding parking lots will disappear as the district is developed in the coming years.

    Photo by: Erik Johnson

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  Artists and others who live and work along the Fort Point Channel were less than pleased about the massive Vent Building 5, one of five structures that deliver power and fresh air to the Big Dig’s underground highways.  Photo by: Erik Johnson
    Artists and others who live and work along the Fort Point Channel were less than pleased about the massive Vent Building 5, one of five structures that deliver power and fresh air to the Big Dig’s underground highways.

    Photo by: Erik Johnson

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  In the centuries since Boston’s founding, Deer Island has been used as an internment camp for Native Americans, a point of entry for Irish immigrants, and a prison. Now it’s home to a waste-water treatment plant and a state park.  Photo by: Erik Johnson
    In the centuries since Boston’s founding, Deer Island has been used as an internment camp for Native Americans, a point of entry for Irish immigrants, and a prison. Now it’s home to a waste-water treatment plant and a state park.

    Photo by: Erik Johnson

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  One of the dozen small public spaces that dot the South End, Blackstone Square is a lively center of civic life—filled with yuppie dog owners and young parents with children.  Photo by: Erik Johnson
    One of the dozen small public spaces that dot the South End, Blackstone Square is a lively center of civic life—filled with yuppie dog owners and young parents with children.

    Photo by: Erik Johnson

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  Brick bowfront rowhouses, most constructed in the mid-19th century, are a South End signature.  Photo by: Erik Johnson
    Brick bowfront rowhouses, most constructed in the mid-19th century, are a South End signature.

    Photo by: Erik Johnson

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  Cherries, fava beans, fiddlehead ferns, and other organic local treats for sale at Plum Produce.  Photo by: Erik Johnson
    Cherries, fava beans, fiddlehead ferns, and other organic local treats for sale at Plum Produce.

    Photo by: Erik Johnson

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  Orinoco restaurant is loved as much for its warm, casual environment as for the traditional Venezuelan cuisine.  Photo by: Erik Johnson
    Orinoco restaurant is loved as much for its warm, casual environment as for the traditional Venezuelan cuisine.

    Photo by: Erik Johnson

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  The bare cabin where Henry David Thoreau wrote Walden is long gone, but the pond still offers an escape from urban life.  Photo by: Erik Johnson
    The bare cabin where Henry David Thoreau wrote Walden is long gone, but the pond still offers an escape from urban life.

    Photo by: Erik Johnson

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  Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius lived in the house that bears his name from 1938 until his death in 1969.  Photo by: Erik Johnson
    Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius lived in the house that bears his name from 1938 until his death in 1969.

    Photo by: Erik Johnson

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  True to the quirky vision of its founder, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s collection mixes major with minor. Titian’s Europa, on a wall upholstered in French fabric, holds court over an 18th-century Italian chair and other assorted pieces.  Photo by: Erik Johnson
    True to the quirky vision of its founder, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s collection mixes major with minor. Titian’s Europa, on a wall upholstered in French fabric, holds court over an 18th-century Italian chair and other assorted pieces.

    Photo by: Erik Johnson

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  The Titian room at the Gardner Museum overlooks an interior courtyard.  Photo by: Erik Johnson
    The Titian room at the Gardner Museum overlooks an interior courtyard.

    Photo by: Erik Johnson

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  The windows of the ICA's theater offer an expansive view of the harbor and the cantilevered galleries above.  Photo by: Erik Johnson
    The windows of the ICA's theater offer an expansive view of the harbor and the cantilevered galleries above.

    Photo by: Erik Johnson

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