On those days when I miss life in China, and they happen fairly regularly, I sometimes go browsing through old photos. I’ve decided to publish a few – a sort of This Day in (my) History. This shot of a man whiling away the time on a warm Beijing winter day was taken on 12 December, 2007.
Boston City Hall opened to a lot of fanfare (and controversy) in 1968. A lot of people saw it as a dramatic symbol of a modern, new Boston. As I recall, that is how it looked to me when I moved to Boston in 1970. Almost 50 years later, the building sure has lost its luster. It looks ugly and out of place in Boston’s otherwise people friendly, rather intimate downtown. Brutalist Modern indeed. When I visited recently, a friend told me Boston is thinking about tearing the place down and building a new city hall, something more comfortable and on a more human scale. Good idea.