Posted February 9th 2013 at 4:24 pm by
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Morning Walk in Boston During the Blizzard of '13

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I started on the corner of Marlborough and Dartmouth Streets in Back Bay and walked over the foot bridge that crosses Storrow Drive.

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The Charles River was yellow. My favorite tree was looking good:

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Each tree along the river had at least a few snow-free inches around it.

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The benches didn’t get the same freedom as the trees. The snow made a heart shape on this bench.

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The sign on the New Balance ad says “‘Snowed in’ isn’t a part of our vocabulary.” A few cars were braving Storrow Drive.

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I walked down the middle of Massachusetts Ave. over the Harvard Bridge. Snow shovelers at MIT warmed up in the lobby of Building 7. You can see them on bottom right. They came in from Revere to make some money, and guessed that they wouldn’t get home until Sunday or Monday.

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At MIT’s Public Service Center, Kate Mytty (center) prepared to live stream the Scaling Ventures Development Conference, which was meant to be in person. Since conference guests from Ghana, Kenya, and Indonesia had already arrived in Boston, they decided not to cancel it. David Quinn (left) volunteered to help with the event after his flight home to Ireland was cancelled.

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Rick Harrington (right) said that this was the biggest storm he’d seen since the April Fool’s Blizzard in 1997. At the time, Rick was new at MIT. Too timid to ask for a break, he shoveled all night long. Today he’s enjoying the heated cabin in his plow truck. He hopes to make it home to Winchester by Monday. He said that MIT had cots for workers and rooms reserved at a nearby hotel.

I was a sophomore at Canton High School when the April Fool’s storm hit. My track meet got cancelled.

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The train tracks were covered on the Longfellow Bridge. For a moment, I thought I could scale the fence to take a photo of the tracks up close.

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Thank goodness I didn’t. Empty trains passed a minute later

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On Charles Street, kids sledded down from Beacon Hill side streets and people walked dogs. Were Boston buildings designed specifically to look perfect in snow?

The hardware store was open. They’d sold about 200 sleds in two days. Sleds were moving faster than shovels.

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It looked like someone had taken the time to dust off the duckies in the Public Garden.

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Drifts were above my waist at home in Public Alley 424, so I couldn’t get in the back door.

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Everyone was out with a camera today. Maybe people take pictures of snow for the same reason they take picture of babies: It’s going to look different very soon. Even now at 3:00 p.m., the snow mist is gone and more streets are plowed. More people are out and it’s mostly stopped snowing

Post by Alexa Mills.

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