2007.05.30 | Boston, MA | My Daily Downtown Commute - Page 1
My new commute to work starts at the back door of our apartnment building in the West End.
Although situated between the North End and Beacon Hill - two of Boston's most famous neighborhoods - the West End is not an area that most Bostonites will typically recognize. But even though the name isn't well known, the areas is famous for being home to a sign that says, 'if you lived here, you'd be home by now'". Whenever people ask me about the truth of the sign's word, I respond by saying that I would almost certainly be the first one home from work, if I were actually able to leave at a reasonable hour.
For the morning commute at least, it's great to leave the house at 8am, walk to work, stop at Dunkin Donuts, and still arrive before 830. The best part of the morning commute though, is that I get to share the majority of it with my wife.
We use the pedestrian tunnel to cut through the Charles River Plaza shopping plaza, before crossing Cambridge Street and heading up Joy Street to walk over the top of Beacon Hill. Along the way, we pass by a day care, several heritage buildings, working gas lamps, the Massachusetts State House, and some of the city's finest homes. It's a nice little walk and even a bit of a workout because Beacon Hill, despite having been significantly cut down in size almost 200 years ago, is still deceptively steep.
See pictures of our West End apartment.
Read more about the West End in this Boston Globe online article from August 7, 2005
Read more about Beacon Hill