Thursday, June 17, 2010
From the site:
Created in the mid-1930s in response to the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration and its Federal Arts Project were focused in part on providing artwork for public buildings while assisting struggling artists. Artists were tasked with creating posters that promoted the landscapes and wildlife of America’s parks. The program ended in 1943, and the largest collection of WPA-era prints—including the selection in this gallery—is now in the Library of Congress.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
The mission was probably my favorite area. Dave Eggars pirate store was outstanding. Self Edge was cool to see even though everything is outside my travel budget. Meet Your Maker was pretty awesome, really enjoyed checking out some products that are totally made in the USA.
Friday, June 11, 2010
I'll be rooting for the good ol' US of A for the start, and in case of a knock out, I'm hoping for Spain to finish on top.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Pictures will probably be clipped, so click to see full size.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
From his site: A documentary exploring the regulatory changes that occurred in May 2010 to the New England fishing industry. The conversion to a "sector" based system is being seen as either the savior or death of the fishing industry in this region. Filmed over the span of 9 months and produced/directed/editied by Northeastern University student, Jason Bergman, "By the Sea" aims to educate viewers about this quintessential New England industry that will be forever changed by this new system.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
In 1825, after an exhaustive search throughout New England, Solomon Willard selected the Quincy site as the source of stone for the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. After many delays and much obstruction, a charter was granted on March 4, 1826 for the construction of a railroad to help move the granite. The "Granite Railway" was designed and built by railway pioneer Gridley Bryant and began operations on October 7, 1826.Historic photo's taken from Quincy Quarries Museum
The granite from these quarries became famous throughout the nation, and stone cutting quickly became Quincy's principal economic activity.
The last active quarry closed in 1963. After their abandonment, the open quarries filled with rainwater and ground water. The flooded quarries soon became a popular spot for cliff jumping. However, many people were injured—and killed—while diving into the quarries from great heights. This led the police and the city of Quincy to grapple with what to do with this abandoned space.
During this period, the quarries were also discovered by rock climbers. In 1968, "A Guide to Quincy Quarries" by Willie Cowther and Tony Thompson was published by the MIT Outing Club, containing information about climbing in and around the quarries, with a second edition published in 1970. "Boston Rocks", a later guidebook by Richard Douchette and Susan Ruff, is now in its second edition.
During the 1980s old phone poles and trees were added to discourage cliff jumping. Unfortunately, these were quickly waterlogged and sank two feet underwater where they were not visible to the cliff jumpers above. The injury and fatality rate skyrocketed. Often, divers sent to look for missing cliff jumpers would unexpectedly find other bodies instead.
Quincy Quarries Reservation
In 1985, Boston's Metropolitan District Commission purchased 22 acres, including Granite Railway Quarry, as the Quincy Quarries Reservation. A solution to the public safety problem was finally found with the massive Big Dig highway project in Boston. Dirt from the new highway tunnels was trucked in to fill the main quarries. This opened up new sections of rock to climbers, and the site was subsequently improved to encourage public use of the reservation. The reservation is connected to the trail system of the Blue Hills Reservation and features hiking, rock climbing and views of the Boston skyline. Recently, scenes from the movies Gone Baby Gone2007) and The Invention of Lying (2009) were filmed in the Quincy Quarries