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Heading into Kenmore Square, then and now

Traffic heading into Kenmore Square on Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street in 1946

Jam and cram in front of the Hotel Buckminster. See it larger.

Richard Merrill photographed traffic heading into Kenmore Square on Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street past the Hotel Buckminster in March, 1946.

Roughly the same view via Google Maps in November, 2022:

The Yankee Network was one of the nation's first broadcast networks, initially connecting stations across New England via telephone lines. The Beacon Street "letterboard" - now a parking-lot entrance - was actually the rear of the network's offices, which had their front door on the Brookline Avenue, roughly where the Popeyes used to be, at the other end of the Hotel Buckminster.

Another view of the "letterboard" sign, in June, 1942, also by Richard Merrill:

Yankee Network sign on Beacon Street

Photos from the BPL's Richard Merrill collection. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

H/t David Yamada.

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...and the general slow Kendall-ization of Kenmore. Such a shame that the rents are too jacked up for the area to cater to BU students and staff.

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Bu staff cannot afford it.

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The part of Kenmore Square in the photo got decimated when the interstate was extended downtown and BU was mostly a commuter college. I'm not sure when the nice building on the corner got demolished and replaced with the eyesore that is the Citizen's bank. 1965?

BU didn't do away with what remained of the old Kenmore Square until the mid 1990s.

Today the rents are high because it's Boston and rents are high everywhere. I'm bummed they built offices in the square and not housing. The Buckminister would have been prefect to convert back to efficiency units as there's a real need for small apartments. Although given the weakening of demand for lab/office space, maybe there's still a chance.

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Because I was still buying $2 albums at N.E. Music City in 1970 (basement floor of whatever the Citizens eyesore replaced)

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Ouch that traffic. Did the BPD also recklessly drive around very important passengers back then?

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Oh, wait - sealions don't look things up - they just ask questions!

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At market rate, you are just giving away so much space in your head for free.

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Where in the world is Magoo Sandiego.
Hint: Magoo is betwixt the trees the sing. Magoo.

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Get back where you belong.

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are Beacon and Comm. Ave.

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You're right; fixed.

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Don't ever change, Boston.

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