An Urban Hike

Last year’s team outing was a hike up Mt. Chocorua.  This year we opted for an urban hike instead.  We decided to use Boston’s Greenway (the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Park), where the Route 93 overpass once stood, as our trail for the day. 

Knowing we’d need fuel for this journey we started out in the North End for coffee and cannoli.  Amply caffeinated, we wound our way down through the varied parks, lawns, pavilions and art installations that the greenway offers.  Several of the installations we saw were part of the 2017 Design Biennial Boston, which we didn’t actually realize at the time, but will look out for it in 2019.

A stop at the BSA Space with its iconic green stair offered some insights into the diverse urban experiences living in the neighborhoods of Boston as well as their featured exhibit The New Inflatable Moment – a fascinating look back into some wild 20th century experimentation with inflatable structures and how they’re being employed today. 

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We noted that the Greenway takes on a distinct character as you approach Chinatown, an area that was designed in collaboration with the community to reflect its cultural heritage.  We were transfixed by a 3D printer that creates and spits out a little red rooster (for the Year of the Rooster) and tried to wait it out and bring home a souvenir but dim sum called - and we answered!

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In the South End we checked out some artists’ studiosin the SoWa Art + Design District.  It was quiet on a Tuesday afternoon but appears to be a great public space. Finally we made our way by bus down to The Design Center and met up with some locals for a presentation at SevenTide

The day was inspiring and exhausting, as well as a bittersweet send off for Connor Bell, our amazing summer intern.  We expect great things from him in his final year at Keene State!