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Bollards! Causeway Street obstruction takes balls

Hole about to swallow balls on Causeway Street in Boston

"That can't be good," Claire says of the new sinkhole she photographed outside the Tip O'Neill Building around noon.

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It's going to Tip into the O'Neil Building! All gravity is local.

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than "Tip"ing into the O'Neill Tunnel.

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Just tear the f*cker down.

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More money needed to fortify federal buildings! The round tank traps aren't enough! Terrorists must now be digging tunnels to evade security checkpoints and attack all our buildings.

Then again, might just be hollow sidewalk and poor planning/design/implementation.

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They weren't part of the design - they were an after thought after the Murrah Building was blown to smithereens.

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Somebody should have researched what was underneath before installing them.

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Those bollards are the worst. They're ugly and they take up a ton of room on the sidewalk. They earn my vote for worst bollards in the city. (It doesn't help they take up half the sidewalk right by North Station and the Garden, where no one walks, right?) I wrote about the variety of bollards at the Fed a while back.

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Would you be happier with caltrops? No, you'd probably find something wrong with that too.

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I quite like the job they did at the Federal Reserve. From the practical bench bollards [the city can never have enough benches], to the gleaming chrome of the newer installs. It looks like they at least tried to make them fit within the architectural vision of the original building.

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The Fed has managed to build a nice buffer zone of security around itself by creating a nice park where there were just drive up lanes and the like before. There are benches, planters with trees, different aisles of walkway broken up by solid security infrastructure that doubles as urban amenities. It took a while for them to construct all this, but it makes for a nice shady place to sit and eat lunch and watch the world go by.

They needed to do something to separate the facility from the road, and they did a very nice job of it. I remember standing over there waiting for a friend who worked there in the days after the domestic terrorism attack in Oklahoma. It was just a sidewalk next to the building and there were parking spaces right there, less than 25 feet from the building. A guy in a box truck drove up, parked, cut the engine, and hopped out only to be nearly instantly surrounded by fed security. They made him move the truck, but it was kind of tense as he, for some reason, had no clue as to why they didn't want his truck there.

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