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The Square Route

Posted by Jim Botticelli  August 1, 2013 10:28 PM

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                        Everett  Square looks up Mass Av toward the South End, 1960

                                                               The Square

     It's not actually a square at all. It's really a fairly complex four-way intersection with a couple of stress inducing arteries and inconvenient parking lots to contend with. Drivers, often at their unhappiest as they attempt to negotiate Dorchester's Edward Everett Square, suddenly find themselves in traffic hell. Columbia Rd, Boston St, Mass Av, and East Cottage St converge quickly on the unaware motorist. A doughnut shop and a fast food place forces the more practiced and cynical drivers to lurch and screech their way through the jumbled mess while the less alert struggle just to hold their place.
     It was quieter there back in 1960 in Dirty Old Boston when this photo was taken, and it had to have been a whole lot quieter when it was an identifiable part of the Emerald Necklace, as Frederick Olmstead's city-wide landscape plan included a median park strip running down Columbia Rd from Franklin Park leading to a lovely roundabout called Five Corners, and not a square that's not a square if you catch our drift.

                                                                 The Route

     The great thing about Everett Square is where it leads. Boston St (formerly The Causeway) will take you directly into South Boston at Andrew Station and from there the entire neighborhood is accessible. East Cottage St gets you through Dorchester into Roxbury. With just a quick left onto Blue Hill Av and a quicker right onto West Cottage St, you hit Warren St. Dudley and Grove Hall are moments away, traffic permitting, with another simple right or left turn respectively. Columbia Rd ocean-bound is challenging but after clearing the Expressway and the nightmare rotary beyond, one finds oneself able to access Carson Beach, Boston Teachers Union, UMass, the JFK Library, even the Boston Globe. Columbia Rd city-bound gets you to Uphams Corner, Franklin Park, Jamaica Plain, and the hospitals. Drive up Mass Av and it's a straight shot to the river, M.I.T, and Harvard Square. Continue straight to the Lexington Lincoln line and Mass Av ends. Yes it's Edward Everett Square named after a governor, senator and Harvard president, and gamed by thousands of Boston motorists daily.

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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