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Announcing the nerdiest walking tour ever (some may say the best walking tour ever)

From: Gretchen G
Sent on: Thursday, July 2, 2009 12:00 PM
Exploring the Charles River Basin w?

Let's join Boston By Foot on their July Tour-of-the-Month. It's a 2-hour trek of discovery exploring the new open spaces along the lower Charles River on this tour premiere. A hub of transportation and recreation, the lower basin has experienced several cycles of dramatic change resulting from the construction of bridges and dams, the expansion of Boston, and the Big Dig project.

This most awesome unique walking tour explores the evolution of the Charles River Basin and the engineering of a city. If you like the Boston Underfoot and Boats, Bridges & Locks tours and are looking for more, this tour won't disappoint. Looking at the artifacts we'll see how the Charles River was changed from a tidal estuary to the "river" we know today through a concerted effort to reshape Boston through land-making and the construction of a dam (and 10,000 wooden pilings).

We'll also see the impact of the many railway lines of the 19th century as well as the construction of the Northern & Southeast Expressways in the 20th century had on the lower basin. We'll see many types of bridges along the way including some vestiges of bridges long gone. Walking among the new, and in some areas incomplete projects, we'll examine the progress on the revitalization of the area including the development at North Point and the 3 new parks that provide a graceful transition from their Olmstedian predecessors.

If you haven't been through this area, we guarantee you some spectacular and unique views on Boston. We will see all the nooks and crannies people drive past, but never get out and explore. This tour is NOT a little stroll. For two hours we will WALK! Over bridges, under bridges, underneath expressways, over railroads, along prisons, over dirt & gravel, through grassy fields, and on top of movable locks. And it would be a Boston By Foot tour if we didn't find an excuse to toss in a touch of Charles Bulfinch and catastrophic fire along the way.

Whether you are an explorer at heart, a fan of landscape architecture, a history buff, or an engineering nerd, there's something on this tour for everyone. Dress very comfortably and bring along some water. They may call it the "lost half-mile," but it's two miles around. Meet us behind the Science Park/West End Green Line Station in Nashua Street Park (across from the Suffolk County Jail) before the start of the tour. Tickets are $15 per person ($5 for Boston By Foot card holders membership information at their website.)

Come on down to explore this nerdiest part of Boston. Find Amy or Gretchen - who will be wearing BBF badges with our names on them (and maybe a "My Name is TJ" label too!)

Nashua Street Park
295 Nashua Street
Boston, MA, 02114

How will members find you there?
Look for people with Boston By Foot badges - mine says 'Gretchen'

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