Pre-apocalyptic days in old Boston

Delivering fallout survival supplies

The folks at the Boston City Archives have posted a photo of a truck used to deliver supplies to one of Boston's many fine nuclear fallout shelters in 1964. Can you figure out where?

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Hint: Not Suffolk Superior Court

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Am currently sitting in the jury-pool room there, on the second floor, which is still marked as a fallout shelter.

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Right, no WiFi

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While sitting here, read an appeals-court decision involving a legal principal that gave me an idea for how to ask to be excused:

"Nunc pro tunc, your honor, NUNC PRO TUNC!"

Whether I get to try it, though ... I have a pretty high juror number (would be interesting if I do get called and it's for a case I've written about; I suspect I would not be seated on that jury).

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The fun part is if you get

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The fun part is if you get called up from the pool room to one of the courtrooms upstairs for screening.

Those curved-bottom, straight-back, wooden benches are nice enough to look at, but, Lord!!! The only body type that could be comfortable in them is "Minion"

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Alas, I did not

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I was Juror 149, they only got up to 132 today. And they dismissed us remaining non-picked people (and the people who got rejected upstairs) at 11:30. So I maintain my streak of never, ever in my entire life being called to serve on an actual jury (did make it upstairs once before becoming one of those rejects sent back down).

At least they've updated the video they show. Why, it features the current chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and even mentions the Internet!

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Shoot for the stars

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Federal court is more fun. They give you fancy pastries and a bigger per diem. I was on a trial for two months there. Although it was wicked interesting, I got fat.

Still, I love my country and I will pack on pounds for it anytime. Bring on jury duty.

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Yes sir

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I've unloaded trucks in that very spot when I used to work as a stagehand!

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ooooh....

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ooooh....

Mint condition VW Beetle.

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Ragtop !!

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Ragtop !!

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do you realize...

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that neither Symphony nor Horticultural Hall is landmarked, which means they could tear them down and put up something horrible any time they wanted

it would be crazy yes, but it happens

look at what we got instead of the Boston Opera House, the real one on Huntington not the one downtown

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Symphony Hall

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Symphony Hall should certainly have landmark status, but the risk of it being torn down or replaced is not too great. It's owned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which is one of the best-endowed orchestras around, and is generally regarded as being (acoustically) one of the three best concert halls in the world. They are very cautious even about small changes.

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Pending status

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I totally agree with your concerns, and given how crazy development is here in Boston, it's not that far out of the realm to worry about both Horticultural Hall and Symphony Hall. The good news is that both of them are actually pending Boston Landmarks, meaning that a petition is on file with the Boston Landmarks Commission, and accepted for further study. So, if someone were to propose their demolition, that issue would of course come up. The BLC might want to consider actually designating them officially though....

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Both are small old ugly

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Both are small old ugly buildings similar to the ones around them that have been torn down. Nice towers would look nice there to match the new one being build across the street.

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Typical NIMBY

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Yes, let's preserve empty space for entitled rich people watching musical slaves playing antiques while it's impossible for me to buy an inexpensive condo. NIMBYs need to stop whining and get out of the way! Massive construction is the only solution for the housing crisis.

Sorry, your concert halls and your single family detached homes will have to be collateral damage.

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Back under the bridge,

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oh soulless one. It’s almost daylight; you wouldn’t want to turn into stone.

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Pre-apocalyptic days in old Boston

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REA on the trailer. Railway Express Agency, the original deliver of packages in the area. Replaced by UPS, FEDX, and others.

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Symphony Hall it is

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Those of you who identified the location as Symphony Hall are correct! The fallout shelter at Symphony Hall was one of many that was built as a part of Mayor John Collins' Civil Defense Program.

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Dirty Old Boston

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Dirty Old Boston!

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