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Duckling recovered; to be reunited with his family, feet
By adamg on Tue, 04/07/2009 - 8:21am
Associated Press reports Pack the Duckling was found on Mt. Vernon Street on Beacon Hill. He was found early this morning, according to a laconic tweet from Boston Police:
BRONZE DUCK stolen from Public Garden has been discovered abandoned on a Beacon Hill Street.
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Mt. Vernon St.
Mt. Vernon St. gives the appearance of a UMass Boston culprit. Presumably either it was one, or someone wanted it to look that way.
Please, kids, why not just get a rock that you paint over and over? Just a couple weeks ago, I walked past a guy spray-painting the BU rock, in afternoon broad daylight, with only a dark hoodie to conceal himself, and nobody cared.
Isn't it great how Boston has streets with the same name?
It was this Mt. Vernon Street, not the one by the Bayside Soon-to-be-an-Ex-Expo-Center.
Apologies to UMass Boston people.
I'll unwedge my foot from my mouth now.
If you don't know Mt Vernon
If you don't know Mt Vernon st., you don't know Boston - at all. I recommend walking tours - they'll be starting soon:
Let's not be so harsh
Not when we live in a city with two LaGrange streets, two Mt. Vernon streets and 65 gazillion Washington streets.
At least 3
I can think of at least 3 Mt. Vernon Sts - Beacon Hill, Dorchester & W. Roxbury. And that's true of lots of street names.
And there's a Mt. Vernon st.
And there's a Mt. Vernon st. in West Roxbury, but I wouldn't expect anyone to know that unless they lived there. But it's Mt. Vernon st. - one of the most famous names on Beacon Hill and in downtown Boston.
And Adam, that was hardly harsh. Certainly far less harsh than your regular sniping at the Herald. Funny how Boston needs two newspapers and long as one of them tells you what you want to hear.
Personally, I have the Globe bookmarked, but I see no need to denigrate the Herald.
I've walked all over around
I've walked all over around there, but never had need to learn the street name.
If it matters I forgive
If it matters I forgive you!
The problem is google maps and the other map services and the city of Bostons lack of street name diversity. Im always amazed when Im looking for some little side street in downtown/Beacon Hill online and it sends me to the Somerville border lol. Then I have to go find the zip code to make sure I get the right place which can be annoying.
I agree with you, I am a lifetime Boston area resident and have been going into Downtown/Beacon Hill etc for years and years and do not know the names of half the streets. I tend to follow land marks, mainly because with this being Boston street signs are hard to come by, and some of the intersections have 6 streets crossing so street signs are useless. The previous commenter was acting like you asked where City Hall or the State House were... oh um well it depends on which one I guess cause there are two of both of those as well!
Thank goodness for vigilant citizens
Boston Police elaborate on their tweet:
In other words: If it lies there next to a tree like a bronze duck, and it gleams like a bronze duck, it's probably a bronze duck.
Glad to hear that the duckling was recovered.
How wanton can some people get?
The Pack is Back, and I'm Happy
When I called home in 1994 to tell my folks that I was moving to Boston, my mom said, "oh, you'll be where the ducklings are," and she proceeded to tell me how she read "Make Way for Ducklings" to her kindergartners every year when she was a schoolteacher. When she visited Boston a few years later, we made a point to visit the bronze ducklings.
Since then, I've always had a soft spot for those ducklings and enjoyed seeing all the little kids get such a kick out of them. It takes a real jerk to vandalize them, even as a prank, but I'm glad the Pack is Back.