Thursday, January 12, 2012

Walkway Design

This is a walkway overlooking Bayside and Back Bay. The design was what really caught my attention. This city used to be covered with these on most main streets, now just a scattering of spots remain as relics of a past time. Riding your bike down Stevens Avenue was quite a bumpy proposition and your trip home often ended with cuts and bruises. I still remember the day, while sitting on our Stevens lawn eating a picnic lunch, that trucks lined up and covered the street with thick, gooey, strong smelling tar. The cobblestones disappeared forever. Well, at least for my forever, they were gone.

16 comments:

  1. on dirait le jet d'eau d'une fontaine, tres graphique

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  2. pleasing, maze-like, for a pleasant meander!


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  3. how amazing that you witnessed the end of the cobblestones in that way. i love coming upon them in portland though i'm very careful when i walk over them because it's so easy to twist an ankle.

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  4. Relics of a bygone era, but so many homeowners are using them for patios, even driveways in my St. Paul neighborhood. Far more attractive than asphalt or cement!

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  5. Very nice pattern, it reminds me of Roman arches.

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  6. It does look so much nicer than tar, but I guess for comfort sake..still it's good that they're leaving a bit here and there as a reminder of bygone times..As for yesterdays post Birdman, I choose 'death by chocolate',forget the fire and ice haha!

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  7. I think these are certainly attractive but a pain to maneuver either on bike or in a car...and my life has enough bumps in the road!

    Actually this design makes me a bit dizzy. I'll have to go sit down and have a beer. Or two.

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  8. The pattern is wonderful but they sure were hell on roller skates!

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  9. I love the pattern. But I can imagine it would not be easy to bike on these cobblestones.

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  10. When I think of cobblestone streets, I think of Charleston, SC. I loved sitting near one of those streets watching the horses go by.. Their clipity clop was so peaceful.... Makes me want to go back to Charleston NOW.
    Betsy

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  11. How interesting. I wonder if anyone knows the age of them. -- barbara

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  12. Think of the craftsmanship that went into creating these spaces. Too bad they're not easy to walk or ride on.

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  13. So sad the beauty was covered over!

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  14. Pavers instead of paving is definitely making a comeback in Hartford, and, in Florida where I have a house, they are everywhere. I go back and forth about whether I prefer streets that are well paved or whether I like bumpy and pretty streets where I am likely to sprain an ankle.

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